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    Podium finish for Tom Coronel and his 320i in second race of World Touring Car Championship

    Finishing second in the second race, Dutch BMW racing driver Tom Coronel ended up on the podium during the opening weekend of the 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). In the first race in Brazil, Coronel finished fourth. In the second race, he had a great start leading much of the way, but finished second behind Alain Menu. The 38-year old Dutch driver, who had his first races with the BMW 320 TC with the new 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, stated, “These are the results that give ROAL Motorsport, BMW and myself the confidence that we need for the races to come. The next event will be at the circuit of Zolder in Belgium next month. These are my home races in this championship.”

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    im not too familiar with racing or the 320 but is that the stock engine from the car?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inter1032 Click here to enlarge
    im not too familiar with racing or the 320 but is that the stock engine from the car?
    No, in Europe I believe the 320i comes with a 2.0 liter I4. This motor seems to be specifically for this racing series.
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    I am unfamiliar with this too, what class is it this? Very strange, this is a NA I4? What year car?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    I am unfamiliar with this too, what class is it this? Very strange, this is a NA I4? What year car?
    It is a 1.6 liter turbo 4 as stated in the OP.

    The car is an E90.
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    I'm looking up the rules now but the interesting thing is Chevrolet Europe is in 1st place for the manufacturers championship.
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    Is this engine in any way related to the N20?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    Is this engine in any way related to the N20?
    No.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    Is this engine in any way related to the N20?
    Here:

    ARTICLE 7 : ENGINE

    7.1 Engine

    The nominal cylinder capacity of the car equipped with the kit
    (Super 2000 Kit Variant) is limited to a maximum of 1600 cm
    (turbocharged engine).

    7.1.1 Fuel supply and electronics

    a) Variable geometry intake and exhaust manifolds are
    prohibited. If the series-produced car is equipped with one, it has to be
    deactivated.

    Intake and exhaust manifolds must be homologated.
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    I dunno im a little confused. Didnt know they had a production 320i came with a turbo 4, how many units had to be built for homologation?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    I dunno im a little confused. Didnt know they had a production 320i came with a turbo 4, how many units had to be built for homologation?
    They don't have a turbo 1.6 in the standard 320i, I think the regulations just require that.

    ARTICLE 2 : HOMOLOGATION

    At least 2500 fully identical units must have been produced in 12
    consecutive months and homologated by the FIA in Touring Cars
    (Group A).

    Supply Variants (VF) homologated in Touring Cars (Group A) are
    also valid in Production Cars (Group N).
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    Want to get an idea of what the World Touring Car Championship is like? Check out this video

    Ok, so you you all know Tom Coronel finished 2nd in the second race of the season. What you may not know is the guy is pretty funny and he gives an inside look into what racing in the WTCC is like in this vid. The video is subtitled in English and worth checking out, if only to watch the grid girls in action.

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    He would have been first if Alain Menu hadn't shoved him aside. After that it was a vere close race between Tom and Alain, but he could not get past him any more.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
    He would have been first if Alain Menu hadn't shoved him aside. After that it was a vere close race between Tom and Alain, but he could not get past him any more.
    True, but he had a good attitude about it.
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    Great thread! Thank you for posting.

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