Chevrolet will race in the 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

For the first time in its history Chevrolet is entering a full factory team in an official FIA world championship.

The announcement comes less than a week after the news that Chevrolet would begin to market a range of cars in the UK/Western Europe built primarily by GM Daewoo Auto & Technology (GM Daewoo) in Korea.

Three Chevrolet Lacetti four-door saloons (formally known as the Daewoo Nubira in the UK) are being developed, built and entered into the 2005 championship series by the British racing team RML (Ray Mallock Limited).

“We are very proud to represent Chevrolet in its first global motorsports challenge,” said Ray Mallock, founder and Managing Director of RML. “We are looking forward to a very promising and successful relationship with the brand.”

The WTCC replaces the current European Touring Car Championship (ETCC). It will be run in 10 countries in Europe and Latin America as well as in China.

The rollout of the first prototype is scheduled for December. The first actual race-going Chevrolet Touring Car will then hit the track for an extensive test programme throughout Europe. The drivers will be announced at a later stage.