By Ronan Glon
Sunday, Sep 29th, 2013 @ 11:03 am
 
A private team called Ciceley Racing has announced it will field a 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the Dunlop MSA British Car Touring Championship.
The race-going A-Class will stand out from its regular-production sibling thanks to an aerodynamic body kit consisting of a lip spoiler up front, side skirts that incorporate exhaust outlets on both sides, a functional air diffuser integrated into the rear bumper and a large spoiler mounter on top of the hatch. Large orange alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile Dunlop tires will help the track-bound A maintain grip while going around corners while beefier brakes will safely bring the car to a stop even in the most extreme circumstances.

Ciceley promises the stock A's plush interior will be replaced by a full roll cage, a bucket seat and an analog instrument cluster.

Precise technical specifications will be published closer to the car's track debut but preliminary information hints the hatchback will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder engine with an overboost function linked to a six-speed sequential gearbox.
Look for the modified A-Class to debut at England's Brands Hatch Circuit next March. It will go head-to-head against equally modified BMW 1-Series, Honda Civics and MG 3 hatchbacks.