HistoryBuilt by Triple Eight Engineering and used in the latter half of the 1997 British Touring Car Championship, making it's race debut at Knockhill in August in the hands of Derek Warwick. Also driven by John Cleland at the end-of-season RAC Tourist Trophy
Sold to Opel Sweden and used in the 1998 and 1999 Swedish Touring Car Championship, drive by Jan Brunstedt.
The car was unused in 2000/01, but returned to racing in the 2002 Norwegian Touring Car Championship driven by Per H Skjolden, but has been unused since then.
In March 2006 when it was acquired by Alex Schooledge having been brought together with V97-001 from a dealer in Sweden who had taken both cars in a part exchange. The car remained in storage until late 2008 when a full strip-down and rebuild was started.