LPG-POWERED FORD FOCUS ST TAKES BTCC TOURING CAR POLE POSITION
With everybody looking to alternative fuels, history was made this weekend in the British Touring Car Championship when the first pole position was recorded for a vehicle powered by liquid-petroleum gas. The Team Aon Ford Focus ST was driven by Tom Chilton and the engine built by Mountune Racing.
A superb lap time set by Chilton on Saturday secured the historic first pole, bringing ultra-low emissions to the front of the grid in this branch of motorsport for the first time. Tom Onslow-Cole in the sister car started on the second row of the grid.
Mountune Racing has been working since the end of 2009 to develop and refine the new race engine, working closely with both Team Aon and the team's fuel supplier Calor. It was also in collaboration with LPG injection hardware specialsits Prins in order to develop a competitive race engine fuelled by LPG.
The Mountune Racing Ford Focus LPG 2-liter Duratec engine is an evolution of the engine the team used successfully in the latter half of the 2009 season. The LPG injection system and turbocharger were the major changes from the 2009-spec engine.
Roger Allen, General Manager at Mountune Racing commented, "We are pleased to we have been able to contribute towards greener motorsport with the development of a competitive race engine fuelled by LPG."