New single seater launches into development program

This weekend saw the Formula Renault 3.5 single seater launch into an intensive development program in its preparation for the 30 drivers set to compete in the 2005 World Series by Renault championship. Jonathan Cochet, the driver in charge of taking the car through its paces throughout this development phase, completed 76 laps of the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit at Le Castellet, without any major incident.

On Saturday November 27, one week after the shakedown at the Vairano circuit in Italy, the FR 3.5 launched into an intensive development program which is to continue throughout the winter. The first day was chiefly devoted to fine-tuning car / driver settings, with Jonathan Cochet trying out multiple combinations out on track to get optimum driving comfort. After the first few laps, Jonathan shared his first impressions with us: "This car's got great pedigree. It looks good and its aero efficiency is going to be a great asset. I soon got the feel of things, once behind the wheel. The new engine is very promising and the gearbox feels slick and easy. The Carbone brakes are quite something. I feel like I'm in a small F1. As far as the chassis is concerned, Dallara have delivered an effective package. So the testing program we have in store should be very exciting".

On Sunday, Development Manager Jerôme Mortal's team reviewed a broad spectrum of settings, in order to locate the set-up ranges to propose to the teams for the future championship. "With over 70 laps notched up this weekend, we're happy with the initial data we've gathered and we're reassured as to how the program will move forward now. The car's got great pedigree and the next development sessions should confirm its potential".

Before the first round of the World Series by Renault championship, which is to kick off on May 1st, 2005, at the Zolder circuit in Belgium, the development team have already mapped out a lengthy schedule of development and reliability testing. The next session is programmed for mid December.

Paul Ricard HTTT circuit.
Track: 3.8km.
Weather clear to cloudy.14. Dry track.
76 laps, 288.8 kilometres.

List of partners working on the World Series by Renault program
Dallara Chassis
Solution F Engine
Ricardo Gearbox
Magneti-Marelli Electronic management
XAP Electrical and electronic engineering
Carbone Industrie Brakes
Michelin Tires
Elf Lubricants