BMW 3 Series

Where to start with the 3 Series? From the first E30 M3 which raced in 1991 (with a reduced-size 2.0-liter S14 engine) to the four-door E36 Schnitzer backed by Warsteiner from Smokin ‘Jo Winklehock, the Bavarian compact executive has been a mainstay of the BTCC. Yet for us, it is the turquoise and black E36 318iS Coupe adorned with Listerine that is most deeply remembered.

Prepared by Vic Lee, it was not only fantastic, but also quick thanks to the unique use of ABS brakes (subsequently banned for the following year). Tim Harvey finished the year as champion after scoring six wins, but it was his superstar teammate Steve Soper who stole most of the titles.

On loan from the factory team, he made a series of thrilling field records during the season, but his role in the legendary, disparaging and title-deciding altercation at Silverstone with John is most remembered. Cleland of Vauxhall. , who fumed “ this man is an animal ” after Soper took them both out of the race.

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Audi A4

After revolutionizing rallying in the 1980s, Audi turned to passenger cars in the following decade. Using his now famous four-wheel-drive technology, his sleek silver A4 quattros dominated their debut season in 1996, with Germany’s Frank Biela claiming eight victories en route to the driver’s title, while Audi Sport UK claimed the crown of builders.

With its four-cylinder engine suspended above the front axle, the A4 had a less than ideal weight distribution, while lobbying from rival teams outraged at its unfair advantage gave the car extra ballast. halfway through the season. Still, he always made a formidable proposition, especially in the wet. Additional weight was added the following year (although Biela still racked up five wins), while in 1998 all-wheel drive was banned altogether, forcing Audi to switch to front-wheel drive.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-02 05:01:23