Russian automaker Lada has officially introduced the 2014 Granta TC1 which will compete in this year's WTCC.

Russian automaker Lada has officially introduced the 2014 Granta TC1 which will compete in this year's WTCC.

Lada is no stranger when it comes down to FIA's World Touring Car Championship as they entered this competition for the first time back in 2008 with two 110 models. For the 2014 season they have prepared three Granta TC1s which will be driven by Rob Huff (who won WTCC in 2012), James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy. Lada's best result was last year when Thompson finished fifth at home in Russia.

Tipping the scales at 1,150 kg (2,535 lbs), the Lada Granta TC1 is 50 kg (100 lbs) lighter than its predecessor and sits 20mm closer to the ground on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels. It wears a very aggressive and wide body with revised wheel arches and updated aerodynamics including a different rear wing. Power comes from a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine delivering somewhere in the region of 380 bhp (283 kW).

Two of Lada Granta TC1 competitors in the 2014 season are going to be the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC and Honda Civic WTCC. For next year Lada has already announced they will have an all-new car.

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