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    Recently, Welch Motorsport has announced that they will use Proton car in the British Touring Car Championship this year.They will use the Persona (Gen2 in UK) that will be powered by TOCA engine.  The car will has its debut during the second half of the season, and possibly as early as the Snetterton round in August.It is a good news for Proton name, as Proton last competed in the BTCC under Team Petronas Syntium Proton (PSP) in 2004 when Shaun Watson-Smith and Farique Hairuman drove a pair of works Impian models to a number of points finishes.During that time, Proton used the Impian/Waja model powered by 1.8 litre production engine which prepared by Mountune.

    2002 FLASHBACK > PROTON IMPIAN/WAJA BTCC

    (Photo credit to btccpages)

    Below are the details about the Proton Impian/Waja which has been used in 2002-2004.

    The Impian/Waja is the Malaysian marque’s first entry in the BTCC.A powerful car in the hands of real professionals.(Photo credit to btccpages)

     

    Details
    Nationality: Malaysian
    Statistics
    BTCC Debut: Brands Hatch, 1 April 2002
    BTCC Last race: Donington Park, 26 September 2004
    BTCC Races: 70
    BTCC Podiums: 4
    BTCC Fastest Laps: 2
    Cars used
    2002-2004 Proton Impian
    Drivers
    2002 David Leslie, Phil Bennett
    2003 David Leslie, Phil Bennett
    2004 Fariqe Hairuman, Shaun Watson-Smith

    (Photo credit to btccpages)

    Titles
    Proton’s involvement in the BTCC was a short-lived affair. The Malaysian manufacturer ran a pair of its Impian models from 2002-04. BTCC veteran David Leslie wrung a best-ever second out of the under-funded machine at Croft in 2003. South African Shaun Watson-Smith also took a fastest race lap in 2004, but that was about as good as it got and the marque withdrew. Its friendly approach, however, will always be remembered with affection by the fans.

     

    PROTON IMPIAN/WAJA BTCC RACE CAR SPECIFICATIONS.

    Technical Details:

    Engine:
    4 cylinder in line, transverse installation
    1996cc capacity (derived from 1.8 litre production engine)
    16 valves, dual overhead camshafts with rockers
    Exhaust: 4-2-1 manifold
    Silencer by BTB Exhausts
    Engines prepared by Mountune

    Oil cooling
    Oil to air heat exchanger

    Lubrication
    Wet sump
    PETRONAS Syntium fully synthetic lubricant

    Driveline
    Carbon clutch supplied by AP Racing

    Transverse mounted 6-speed transmission supplied by Xtrac
    • Straight cut
    • Sequential actuation
    • Choice of ratios
    • Mechanical plate differential
    Front wheel drive

    Body
    Steel construction
    Four-door
    Computer optimised roll cage for high torsional rigidity
    – in-house design, manufactured by Custom Cages
    60 litre fuel tank

    Dimensions
    Overall length: 4473 mm
    Width: 1821 mm
    Height: 1356.5 mm
    Wheelbase: 2600 mm
    Track: Front: 1576 mm
    Rear: 1576 mm

    Electrical
    12V System
    EFi Engine Control Unit
    Pi Research Logger & Dash Unit

    Safety
    Recaro Carbon/Kevlar seat
    Sparco 6-point harness
    Plumbed in 5kg SPA foam fire extinguisher

    Front Suspension
    Racing design McPherson struts with lightweight lower wishbones and anti-roll bar.
    Ohlins damper units & Eibach coil springs.

    Rear Suspension
    Lightweight multilink system with anti roll bar & coil springs. Ohlins damper units & Eibach coil springs

    Steering
    Power assisted, high ratio rack and pinion – modified road car item

    Wheels
    17” x 9” OZ

    Brakes
    Hydraulically assisted dual circuit system by AP Racing
    Front: Single 6 piston calipers with 343mm diameter x 32mm thick ventilated discs
    Rear: Single dual piston calipers on 290mm diameter x 9.5mm solid discs.

    Vehicle Weight
    1150Kg including driver

    (Photo credit to btccpages)

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