EU3000: 2005 Formula Superfund presentation

Formula Superfund presents the SF01 The Formula Superfund 2005 Championship chassis the SF01 was presented today to international media and teams and drivers from all Formulas at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Representing the ...

Formula Superfund presents the SF01

The Formula Superfund 2005 Championship chassis the SF01 was presented today to international media and teams and drivers from all Formulas at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

Representing the championship at the press conference was Martin Schneider, Head of Motorsport development for Superfund, John Travis, SF01 Designer and Paul Cherry of Force 10 Technology, and Karl Wendlinger, the Formula Superfund Development Driver.

Schneider confirmed the three objectives of the championship to be powerful cars for the drivers, reasonable budgets for the teams and exciting close racing and good entertainment for the fans. He also said that the Formula Superfund grid would consist of twenty cars and drivers of 15 different nationalities.

Cherry stated that the SF01 fulfilled a brief to be safe, light, fast, easy to use, hard-wearing and with no gizmos. He also announced that production had already started on the first wave of ten cars which would be delivered mid- to end February 2005 and the second wave of ten would be ready in mid- March.

Wendlinger discussed the testing programme which has seen six drivers behind the wheel and has taken place at Magny Cours, Brno and the Nurburgring. Karl said he was particularly impressed with the SF01's power, downforce and grip and that the car had worked well mechanically from the first shakedown.

As the fog at the circuit lifted Karl Wendlinger was able to drive the car for the first official roll-out after the press conference. The car completed an installation lap and three demonstration laps on the damp circuit.

Martin Schneider, Head of Motorsport Development:

"We are happy that with the Formula Superfund car we have created a package for the teams that is low-cost, easy-maintenance and high durability. The teams told us these are their priorities and so we have made that our brief. For the drivers and the spectators the car has incredible power and the high level of downforce will allow for close and exciting racing. The response from the teams has been positive and immediate so we wanted to present the car to the teams and drivers who hadn't yet seen it as soon as possible so they had a fair chance to sign up."

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