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is it just me... ive just watch british touring cars on telly (i was just flicking, cos i was board!) watching the cars go round, i had no idea what any of them were, ford? vw? honda? etc, seriously not a clue, even when i could spot the vw badge i didnt know the model!!
 

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Nope not just you.

Unfortunately things like fuel economy, passenger and pedestrian safety drive the designers down a similar route which means there's less scope for individuality.

So most of the time now only the low volume high value manufacturers target looking different as that's one of their main selling points
 

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That's funny I was watching a bit of it the other day and thought the same thing ! Go back 10 years or so and you could pick out the BMW the Vauxhalls and the Volvos, but now with all the extra body work they all look like up turned jelly moulds
 

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Yep me too, Probably the reason Honda have used the Estate version of their civic, so people recognise that its different,.
 

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BTCC used to be ok in the 90s when you had all the factory teams: Ford, BMW, Vauxhall, Renault, Volvo with its estate car racers & even Alfa Romeo for a while. Then the factory teams all pulled out due to costs & it just got boring.

Like you say, the cars are all anonymous jelly moulds, but it's the same in Pro Drag Racing - Funny Cars no longer bear any resemblance to actual showroom cars that you can buy, which was the original idea.
 

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Cars have always looked similar. When you add together packaging and the style/fashion of the time, how could it be otherwise?

Just compare a mk5 Cortina and the mk2 Cavalier. Or a mk1 Escort and an Avenger. Mk2 Cortina and Hunter? And that's before you consider that the only way to be sure of most thirties cars is to look at the grille shell
 

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I'm looking forward to the 2018 season - not only will the cars all look the same they will be driverless too . . .
 

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as being latest models, they probably based on the same platform anyway
 

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BTCC used to be ok in the 90s when you had all the factory teams: Ford, BMW, Vauxhall, Renault, Volvo with its estate car racers & even Alfa Romeo for a while. Then the factory teams all pulled out due to costs & it just got boring.

Like you say, the cars are all anonymous jelly moulds, but it's the same in Pro Drag Racing - Funny Cars no longer bear any resemblance to actual showroom cars that you can buy, which was the original idea.
And if you want to see the 90's cars again get to oulton park on August bank holiday as they are there for the gold cup, :)
 
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