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New team Ultimate Signature for 2008 season

SIGNATURE ULTIMATE TAKES FINAL WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT PLACE A new team, Signature Ultimate, has claimed the final spot on the 2008 World Series by Renault grid. The new team is a joint venture between two well-established names...

SIGNATURE ULTIMATE TAKES FINAL WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT PLACE

A new team, Signature Ultimate, has claimed the final spot on the 2008 World Series by Renault grid.

The new team is a joint venture between two well-established names in motorsport: Signature, which is competing on the Formula 3 Euroseries since many years, and Ultimate, which has raced in British Formula 3.

Signature Ultimate will be based in England but will race under a French licence. Drivers are yet to be announced.

The 2008 season will be an extremely exciting one for the World Series by Renault, which is one of the final steps on the ladder towards Formula 1. Renault will introduce a brand new car for the 2008 championship, which incorporates several lessons learnt from Grand Prix racing.

The car will be powered by a 3.5 litre, V6 engine -- which is capable of producing up to 500 horsepower when using bioethanol. The championship calendar will take in Europe's leading racing circuits as part of a well-publicised programme.

Signature was founded in 1990 by former driver Philippe Sinault, and has been an established and successful name in Formula 3 for the last 15 years. The Bourges-based outfit also has plenty of Renault experience, taking the European Formula Renault V6 teams' title in 2003, as well as the prestigious Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix the same year. Signature will continue to contest the Formula 3 Euroseries next year, in parallel with its latest venture.

Sinault commented: "This is a great opportunity for us to be part of the ultra-competitive World Series by Renault, which has been a breeding ground for F1 stars such as Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel in the recent past. The move represents the next logical step forwards for us, after 15 successful years in Formula 3. We're very much looking forward to our new collaboration with Ultimate, which holds so much potential."

Barry Walsh, the Irish entrepreneur who founded the Ultimate team last year, said: "In a short space of time we have come a very long way, and our season in British Formula 3 has taught us a lot. Now, thanks to the renowned expertise of Signature, we are able to take the next step up in an exciting joint venture. We will be driven by passion, as well as the pursuit of sporting excellence."

-credit: signature-team.com

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