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Oxfordshire, England --Volvo and Prodrive have finalized their line-up for the 2002 FIA European Touring Car Championship. The 24-year-old Englishman James Hanson has been signed to drive the second S60 aside of former British Touring Car Champion Rickard Rydell from Sweden. <P>"James is a young driver with a huge potential. What he did in the 2001 ETCC on his first Touring Car season was outstanding; not only he was able to outpace his more experienced team-mate but also achieved a podium result", team manager Dave Benbow commented. <P>In 2001 Hanson drove an Edenbridge Racing BMW 320i, his best result was a third place at Jarama, behind Tommy Rustad’s Nissan and Tobia Masini’s Alfa Romeo. <P>"I am really excited to drive for Volvo and Prodrive. The team has an excellent reputation in Touring Car and not only; as a matter of fact they proved to be a winner in every category. I have seen already that their approach to this Volvo programme is very professional," Hanson said, adding, "To work and drive aside of Rydell will be an excellent opportunity for me to learn as he is one of the best Touring Car drivers ever. Therefore it will be very interesting to compare myself directly to him. It’s my first year in a front-wheel-drive car, but I can bring to the team some experience on Super Production cars, that are the basis of the Super 2000 regulations; I also know most of the circuits, so hopefully we can help each other to develop the car in the shortest time."<P>Last week Hanson took part in the ETCC testing at Vallelunga improving his lap times quickly and consistently while his new team-mate Rydell set very fast times; his best lap of 1:17.93 was only eighth hundredths of a second slower than Giovanardi’s virtual pole position. <P>"We are roughly where we expected to be: a little behind the Alfa and quite close to the BMW," Rydell stated. "We know the difference between our actual car and the final evolution. We know than with new aerodynamic package we’ll get more downforce and handling will change a bit. From what we saw in Vallelunga, I think that we have to get more speed. I don’t have the feeling that we are fast enough at the moment." <P>Prodrive took part in the Vallelunga test days with an interim car.<P>"They were still running the prototype that was built last year before the Super 2000 regulations’ final adjustments. Since the first spec it has been partly modified, but is still featuring a mix of solutions. In our plans the final race car will start testing in the UK at the beginning of March", Volvo Motorsport director Olle Odsell revealed. <P>But the S60 proved to be already very reliable, running for almost 1000 km in Vallelunga without any technical failure.
 

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Man, I hope that the ETCC thing becomes big so that they will air the races on the 'Speed' channel. Crossing my fingers...<P>It looks like there will be:<P>Alfa Romeo<BR>BMW<BR>Nissan<BR>Volvo<P>Who else?<P>What is up with those rims? Ughhhhhly...! Hopefully, just for testing purposes. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.btcctimes.com/tct/images/etcctestvolvo.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.btcctimes.com/tct/images/volvoetcc.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.btcctimes.com/tct/images/etcctest2volvo.jpg"> <P>-Drew
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B>What is up with those rims? Ughhhhhly...! Hopefully, just for testing purposes. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I hope they can paint the side moldings, too...just like how they did w/ the front one.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by The_one_n_only:<BR><B> I hope they can paint the side moldings, too...just like how they did w/ the front one.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>BMW is on the right track as far as styling is concerned, their car is lookin' good, thus far. I am sure Prodrive will give us a pretty Volvo. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.btcctimes.com/tct/images/etcctestbmw.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.btcctimes.com/tct/images/etcctest2bmw.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.btcctimes.com/tct/images/bmwetcc.jpg"> <P>-Drew
 

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I think they use those ugly rims to keep the tire temperature at a highr level.<BR>Most FWD cars had problems with the rear wheels not running warm enough.<BR>The "closer" the rim the better it gets.
 

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<A HREF="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/special_cars/motorsport/etcc_02.shtml" TARGET=_blank>http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/special_cars/motorsport/etcc_02.shtml</A> <P>That's our gallery of the ETCC above. It has most of the pics above, some larger.<P>Prodrive uses those wheels on the LeMans Ferraris also, so I think it must be some sort of contract they have with BBS (presumably the manufacturer). Rydell will be driving the Ferrari at Le Mans.<P>I hope they change it for the actual series, or at least lose the cheesey Miami Vice gold centers.
 

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Since nobody else posted these...<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/special_cars/motorsport/etcc_other/images/large/03.jpg"> <P>Okay that is one hot Alfa.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/special_cars/motorsport/etcc_other/images/large/04.jpg"> <P>No offense to the guy on here turning his Infiniti (my brother says it's italian Infineetee) into a Primera, but I think this Primera is dumpy, particularly in contrast to the Alfa, BMW and Volvo in this series.<P>Does Nissan sell the Altima in Europe? It should. I think it would compete well with the Passat, Opel, Mondeo etc. Plus, the Altima would make a pretty hot touring car, and it's more in line size wise with the other competitors.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Evolvo:<BR><B>Okay that is one hot Alfa.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yeah, I was gonna say...that's some kickarse looking Alfa~!
 

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The Nissan team isn't a full factory backed effort. At this point, the only factories fully supporting the series are Alfa, BMW and Volvo.<P>It'd be nice if more of them jumped in, though I don't think (don't quote me) that the Altima ys sold (yet) in Europe.<P>Too bad that Touring Car has become so splintered in Europe. Germany should dump the DTM and reintroduce the STW, and in addition, the BTCC should match rules with the ETCC. <P>If they did that, and could talk the current factories involved in those other series into the ETCC, you'd see dominance like the series had in '96.<P>That'd mean Opel, Mercedes, Audi, MG, etc. etc. That'd make ore one tough series.
 
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