EU3000: Season put on hold for research and development

Formula Superfund to intensify pre-season research and development programme The Formula Superfund series will start in 2005 but not on the scheduled date of 1 May 2005. To ensure that all objectives are met for the first season, the management...

Formula Superfund to intensify pre-season research and development programme

The Formula Superfund series will start in 2005 but not on the scheduled date of 1 May 2005. To ensure that all objectives are met for the first season, the management has decided that an intensified test and development programme must be completed before the first race. The new start date will be announced no later than May 2005.

The decision comes following a significant delay in the research and development programme after a crash in the December test in Estoril. This caused valuable time to be lost for chassis repairs which delayed the production cycle.

The Formula Superfund management will implement a more extensive testing and development programme in the pre-season preparation to make up for lost time. The programme has two objectives. Firstly, in accordance with Formula Superfund's self-imposed requirement, it is to ensure the newly-designed SF- 01 achieves maximum development before the season begins. Secondly, it increases the emphasis on keeping costs low for the teams, whilst not compromising on the quality of the race car.

Formula Superfund has also assumed direct control of the car production, development and supplier liaison and is moving all parts of the development to Austria.

Martin Schneider, Head of Motorsport Development:

"We have imposed the highest technical standards on the SF-01 and safety, reliability and low costs are the priorities. The SF-01 fulfils the brief to be an extremely powerful and safe race car, with 650 hp and a top speed exceeding 300 km/h. However our stringent technical requirements have not yet been satisfied and we are not prepared to issue the chassis until the most rigorous test programme has been completed. Equally it is fundamental that the teams can operate on a reasonable budget and so we cannot permit expensive shortcuts. We have no doubt that all the objectives will be achieved and the series will start once the programme has been completed."

Niki Lauda, three times Formula 1 World Champion:

"I agree with and support the Formula Superfund organiser's decision to put the priority on technical and safety development. It makes no sense to risk errors because the car development wasn't completed in full, even if it means delaying the start of the season."

-www.formulasuperfund.com

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