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"Competition is in our genes" is an expression that it is often used at Chevrolet, and it is true that since the Swiss-born founder of the brand, Louis Chevrolet, started to race the cars he personally built in the early years of the 20th century, Chevrolet has been present in motorsports, not only to collect numerous and prestigious victories, but also and foremost, to use the extreme conditions of racing as a proving ground for its technologies and innovations.

In 2005, when the Chevrolet brand was re-launched in Europe, Chevrolet embarked in the WTCC, one of the only three FIA world Championships, to show Chevrolet's confidence in its products and their qualities to the public, dealers and employees.
The program initiated from a white sheet of paper, as the brand had no previous experience in the discipline and the car chosen to enter the WTCC, the sedan version of the Lacetti/Nubira, had not been designed with competition in mind.

Developed by the UK-based Ray Mallock Ltd (RML), one of the leading world specialists in Touring, GT and Rally race cars, the Lacetti started its racing adventure in the spring of 2005 and climbed, progressively but steadily, the indispensible 'learning curve', against fierce and much more experienced competitors. On the 21st May 2006, Chevrolet clinched its first WTCC win, in Brands Hatch (UK), with Alain Menu at the wheel. Another win with Rob Huff, in Brno (CZ) completed that successful second year of racing around the world.  In 2007, Chevrolet scored an impressive 7 wins, 5 pole positions and 4 fastest laps, achieving the record of winning in all new circuits and all street circuits of that year's WTCC calendar.

In 2008, with a car reaching the ceiling of its development cycle, three more wins were obtained, two of which during the very last race weekend in the street of Macau (China) where the car started from pole position. After 4 full seasons, the Lacetti could head to retirement with an excellent record: 14 victories, 38 podium finishes, 8 pole positions and 9 fastest laps. 

In 2009, its fifth year of involvement in the WTCC, Chevrolet introduced its new weapon: the Cruze WTCC, based on the new model launched at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. In the case of the Cruze, the street car and the racing version are even more closely linked than usual. The 'racing usage' of the Cruze has always been one of the parameters of the Cruze project, and design and development of the new model was conducted taking into account both the needs and constraints of racing and the lessons learnt from motorsports.

In 2010, RML will continue to be the key partner of Chevrolet's racing program and, Alain Menu, Rob Huff and 2008 World Touring Car Champion Yvan Muller will be Chevrolet's drivers in the WTCC.

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