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: Series V12 nets engineering accolade

Superleague Formula's bespoke V12 engine has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year's British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA), organised by Findlay Media. The 4.2 litre V12 unit, which produces in excess of 750 horsepower,...

Superleague Formula's bespoke V12 engine has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year's British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA), organised by Findlay Media.

The 4.2 litre V12 unit, which produces in excess of 750 horsepower, has continued to turn heads with both its performance and reliability this season. The motor, with its spine tingling exhaust note, has kept Superleague fans enthralled throughout the opening half of the season, adding to the emerging series' reputation for close, exciting racing.

After a stellar first year in 2008, Superleague Formula has continued to build on the success of the lightweight V12 even further, experiencing extraordinary reliability at the first four events of 2009 - Magny-Cours, Zolder, Donington Park and at Estoril last weekend. The Portugese round brought with it more close racing and also saw ex-Formula One star Sebastian Bourdais emerge victorious in the weekend's Super Final, at his first attempt.

The Superleague Formula concept continues to go from strength to strength, with 18 cars on the grid at all rounds of the 2009 calendar. Iconic names such as Liverpool FC, AC Milan and Galatasaray are doing battle at some of the world's greatest circuits, in a bid to become this year's Superleague champion. 2009 entry lists have also included Maria de Villota, one of the sport's leading female protagonists, driving for Atletico de Madrid.

The engine, weighing in at just 140 kilos and less than 700mm in length, has been designed especially for Superleague Formula. Producing in excess of 750 horsepower at the flywheel, the design embraces agility, durability and performance.

Robin Webb, Operations Director of Superleague Formula, said, "Everyone has done a fantastic job delivering a reliable, innovative and high-performance product in a very short time frame. Our engine is one of Superleague Formula's hallmarks, which has provoked many a comment from the established motorsport media. In particular, that evocative exhaust note is very distinctive and one that has helped turn the series into a crowd favourite."

Kevin Lee, MCT's managing director, commented: "It is our second year working with the Superleague team and the partnership continues to go from strength to strength. Robin Webb and his equipe are doing an unsurpassed job of combining the passions of motorsport and football and taking the package to an ever-growing audience. With drivers of the calibre of Sebastien Bourdais moving to the series, the growing stature of the championship is there for all to see. It's an exciting time for Superleague and we feel privileged to be involved..."

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Drivers Sébastien Bourdais , Maria de Villota