1991 marked the beginning of what became known as the ‘Super-Touring Era’. The class system was abandoned and a ‘simplified’ set of rules was adopted, allowing spectators to relate more closely to the cars on the track. Limited to 2.0 liter engines, the cars were based primarily on every day road-going models. This ‘fast and furious’ style of racing produced a very large following at the peak of its 10-year life span. In 2000, a radical new format for the series was announced and 2001 was proclaimed as a ‘building year’.