Having covered hundreds of kilometres in private testing since mid-July 2004, the GP2 development car will make its first public appearance in Lyon, France, on Sunday 5th September. Franck Montagny, Renault F1Team third driver and GP2 development star, will be at the wheel and will drive the car along the streets of the historic city during this unique day, entirely devoted to motorsport in celebration of Renault's successes over the years. The event will give spectators the chance to see our new car for the very first time, and will give everyone an idea of what they can look forward to in next year's inaugural championship.
The show will take place between 13h30 and 15h30 and will be free of charge for the public, who will be able to access viewing positions all the way along the 1.3km route. Spectators are promised an exceptional first view of the GP2 development car, which will take pride of place alongside various other motoring displays, including the Monaco Grand Prix-winning Renault F1 car.
Bruno Michel, GP2 series organiser: `The GP2 series exists with the clear intention of including the spectators in all that it does. Our championship will start next year, and we are currently developing a few ideas in order to get the fans closer to the action on the track at all times. In that respect, it was impossible for us to miss the Lyon event. We thought it would be a nice occasion to display our car in public for the first time. The show should be unforgettable and we're delighted to be part of it.'
Franck Montagny, GP2 Development Driver: `I'll be driving more than 1,400 bhp in the same day, which doesn't happen very often ! I'll have a go in the GP2 development car just before jumping into the Renault F1. I'm sure people will be impressed by the noise, the power and the quality of both machines. I was lucky enough to discover the GP2 car a few weeks ago: now everybody will be able to have a close look at it. Just like me, I know they'll instantly fall in love with it.'