There will be at least four 2014-spec Chevrolet Cruze models on next year’s World Touring Car Championship grid, with the RML Team getting the go-ahead from the American carmaker to collaborate with it in creating a bespoke design for the series’ new technical regulations.
With new rules coming into force next year, Citroën, Honda and Lada have already indicated they will introduce all-new cars for next year’s regulations. Citroën has already shown off the all-new C-Elysée racing cars it will run in 2014, while Honda and Lada are expected to follow suit shortly.
That left Chevrolet, BMW and SEAT as the three remaining marques yet to indicate their commitment to the new regulations, with all three carmakers having ended their works-supported programs in the championship some time ago.
However, the RML team has gained the green light from Chevrolet to develop a version of the Chevrolet Cruze that will conform to the 2014 regulations, and its customer outfit, Bamboo Engineering, has indicated that it will follow suit and purchase a pair of the cars for its 2014 campaign.
The independent British outfit is on the cusp of winning its first Yokohama Independent Drivers’ Championship crown with James Nash, who is also in contention to finish in the top-three in the overall championship standings after claiming two outright race wins this year in the current-spec Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T.
“The WTCC is going through a big change for 2014 with the new regulations and the competition is increasing with the arrival of Citroën,” Richard Coleman, Bamboo Engineering’s team boss, said in justifying his team’s decision to continue to use the Cruze model.
“We are going all out to finish third in this year’s Drivers’ World Touring Car Championship and become independent world champions and finish second in the teams trophy, and this for a team of our size and budget will be a major achievement.”
The decisions of other two Chevrolet Cruze running teams – those being the single-car operations of Tuenti Racing and NIKA Racing – are yet to be confirmed.