SUCCESSFUL TEST FOR SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA'S LATEST SPECIFICATION V12 ENGINE 29/04/2009 - The 2009 Superleague Formula season hit the track yesterday (Tuesday 28 April) when an upgraded version of the championship's ubiquitous V12 engine was...
SUCCESSFUL TEST FOR SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA'S LATEST SPECIFICATION V12 ENGINE
29/04/2009 - The 2009 Superleague Formula season hit the track yesterday (Tuesday 28 April) when an upgraded version of the championship's ubiquitous V12 engine was given its first shakedown test at Magny Cours in France.
The latest specification of the advanced 4.2-litre twelve-cylinder power plant - as debuted so successfully in 2008 - features several new developments aimed at providing competitors with even more reliability. Significant upgrades include an improved water system plus revisions to the oil system to reduce oil surge in high g-force corners. This week's test was carried out at the former home of the French Grand Prix by the Silverstone-based Alan Docking Racing team with promising young Australian race driver John Martin at the wheel of the Glasgow Rangers car.
"The weather was a bit mixed but, even so, we clocked up more than 80 laps and worked through our programme without any issues. It's clear the engine guys have been working hard over the winter months and they've produced an engine that's even better than last year's," reported Team Principal Alan Docking who oversaw Tuesday's test in France.
John Martin was equally positive about the revised V12 and thrilled with his first outing in a 750+ horsepower Superleague Formula racer. "The car looks cool and the engine sounds awesome - it's pretty impressive, too, It ran perfectly all day and that bodes really well for the races ahead," he enthused.
The widely-acclaimed V12 engine is designed and manufactured exclusively for the series by Menard Competition Technologies in Oxfordshire, England and propels all the single-seater racers that represent many of the world's top football clubs on the evocative Superleague Formula grid.
"It was an extremely positive test from an engine perspective," confirmed Kevin Lee, MCT Managing Director. "We managed almost 400 kilometres today without any issues and despite running with a heavy fuel load, we were able to run competitive lap times. It bodes well for a cracking 2009 season."
Following this highly successful test, MCT will be supplying identical versions of this upgraded engine to all the teams contesting the 2009 Superleague Formula championship which kicks off back at Magny Cours on 27/28 June.