Following almost 1000 miles of rain-affected testing with the prototype International Single-Seater Challenge car in Britain, with drivers Guy Smith and Robbie Kerr, the development team was finally rewarded with its first short dry session at ...
Following almost 1000 miles of rain-affected testing with the prototype International Single-Seater Challenge car in Britain, with drivers Guy Smith and Robbie Kerr, the development team was finally rewarded with its first short dry session at Silverstone at the end of January.
Kerr, who has driven the ISSC Reynard-Chrysler, destined for the inaugural senior one-make series this season, on several occasions, was able to lap the National Circuit nearly three seconds quicker than Formula 3 Scholarship Class pacesetters in the brief window of opportunity.
"We were just getting to the point where we had a good basic balance when the rain returned," said the ex-Formula Palmer Audi race winner. "But it was interesting that the set-up characteristics of the car demanded unconventional lines," he said.
Kerr enjoyed the 3.5-litre Chrysler V6 engine. "It develops over 300bhp and is tremendously responsive. The power delivery is very different to anything I've driven previously. It's not peaky or high-revving, although it runs to 7000rpm, but instead has a tremendous amount of torque, pulling strongly from low revs. That will encourage excellent racing."
He is also enthusiastic about the chassis. "The ISSC car is a lot bigger and heavier than a Formula 3, thus you do not expect it to feel as nimble. But it does not react slowly. The car is very predictable, even in the wet, and does not seem to have any vices. It certainly doesn't do anything nasty. The sequential gearbox also works well, and adds to the driving pleasure."
ISSC director Jon Slenzak is delighted with the new car's peformance to date. "But for a couple of minor teething glitches, which were simple to fix, it has run like clockwork, which augurs well for controlling costs in the series. While it is deeply frustrating that the weather has been so bad, we know that it's light on wet tyres and much easier than a Formula 3 to run."
Several potential drivers and team-owners had gathered in the ISSC garage to watch this important test, and went home impressed. As well as British-based runners, teams from Brazil, Portugal, Italy and Finland made the trip to Silverstone and all signalled their commitment to the series.