We are delighted to announce that the forthcoming GP3 Series has secured major technical partners After months of thorough preparation, the design and development of the GP3 car are on schedule and taking shape. We are delighted to announce...
We are delighted to announce that the forthcoming GP3 Series has secured major technical partners
After months of thorough preparation, the design and development of the GP3 car are on schedule and taking shape. We are delighted to announce today the partners who will work closely with us in the design, development and exploitation of the GP3 car. GP3 Series organiser Bruno Michel said: "We based the GP3 Series on the GP2 Series successful philosophy: produce a competitive car, create a cost effective series, racing alongside the Formula One calendar and providing an exciting show. I am really pleased to welcome our partners to the GP3 Series and I am confident that together we will be able to achieve the same level of high quality competition that we reached in GP2 for the past four seasons."
The engine, based on a road car 2L Turbo, is developed by Renault F1 Team in Viry- Châtillon and will deliver 280hp. Bruno Michel commented: "I am very pleased to have Renault as a technical partner to develop the GP3 engine. The expertise of the men and women of Viry-Châtillon have successfully marked the world of single-seaters competition".
The chassis is designed and built by GP2's historical suppliers Dallara. Gian Paolo Dallara noted: "We are very happy to be involved in GP3. It seemed only natural for Dallara to want to be working on this new series and we will dedicate the same amount of time and effort that we put in GP2 in order to help make this new championship just as successful as its predecessor"
Finally, the tyres will be supplied by Pirelli which marks the return of the successful and popular Italian brand to the high level of motorsport. Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director, stated: "Pirelli are delighted to be involved with the launch of the prestigious GP3 series, which represents a re-entry for us into the world of open wheeled racing. Working with premium teams and the future champions of the motorsport world is an exciting challenge and one where we will be putting our 100 year plus competition experience to use in providing a reliable and stable product for use in the varied circuits and conditions we will face during the season".
Bruno Michel said: "I am very happy to see Dallara involved in this project as well. Our successful partnership developed in GP2 will carry through GP3. As for Pirelli, it is a great pleasure to welcome them on board and see their return to the high-level of competition." He added: "The first run of the GP3 car is scheduled at the beginning of this summer. The production will start in the fall while the cars will be delivered to the chosen teams around February/March 2010. The next important step will be the entry selection process. It will start next September and will be opened to all teams wishing to enrol in the GP3 Series and that proved to be most successful in their categories. The first test session will take place in March 2010 and the Championship will kick off at the first European race of the Formula One Season."
Technical Director Didier Perrin commented: "The goal of the GP3 Series is to create a championship that develops young drivers' skills for the next step: the GP2 Series. Keeping
this in mind, we designed a car that features all the needed technological aspects including a paddle shift and two pedals. We also carefully thought about the balance between power and downforce in order to make the driving of this car the best learning tool before driving a GP2 car." He added: "The development and setting up of the car and tyres will be an ongoing process through 2009."
GP3 car's technical features
Monocoque and Bodywork
Survival cell - Sandwich Carbon/aluminium honeycomb structure designed by Dallara.
Front and rear wings - Carbon structures designed by Dallara.
Bodywork - Carbon - Kevlar - Glass composite structures designed by Dallara.
FIA F1 2006 safety standards
Front side rear and steering column impact tests.
Front and rear roll hoops, impact structures and monocoque push tests.
Wheel retainer safety cables.
Front and rear double steel wishbones, pushrod operated, twin dampers, helicoidally spring suspension.
Adjustable ride height, camber and toe.
Two way front and rear adjustable Koni dampers.
Front and rear adjustable anti-roll bar.
Engine development achieved by Renault F1.
Renault 4 cylinder 2 litres turbo charged 280 HP @ 6500 rpm.
Fly by wire throttle system.
One rebuilt per year only.
6 speed longitudinal sequential Hewland gearbox.
Electro-hydraulic command via paddle shift from steering wheel.
Pure two pedals car - clutch paddle on steering wheel.
On board starter.
Hewland ramp differential.
Wheels and Tyres
O.Z. racing wheels
GP3 series specific Pirelli slick tyres
Non assisted rack and pinion steering system.
XAP carbon steering wheel with dashboard, marshalling display, gear change and clutch paddles.
4 pistons monobloc Brembo callipers.
Brembo steel brake discs 280x18.
Magneti Marelli Marvel 8 ECU/GCU including data logging system.
XAP power supply management unit.
F1 Marshalling system pre-equipment.
New generation roll hoop, nose cone and face shot camera pre-equipment.