British fans score first look at Superleague Formula car

British fans score first look at Superleague Formula car

11.01.2008: British fans score first look at Superleague Formula car

With Donington Park scheduled to host the opening round of the inaugural Superleague Formula championship, British fans will get their first opportunity to see the 750 horsepower V12 powered cars at this weekend’s Autosport International – the Racing Car Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Located only 34.5 miles away from the NEC, Donington Park will host the first of six 2008 events in Europe for the championship that will feature the colours of the world’s leading football clubs doing battle on track. The UK event will be staged on August 30-31.

Autosport International is the biggest motorsport show in the world, featuring more than 850 exhibitors. Last year’s show attracted more than 50,000 public visitors and 27,000 trade visitors.

Dutch football champions PSV Eindhoven and Brazilian greats Flamengo will be represented with their cars on display at the Superleague Formula stand #9230 in hall 9 at the NEC.

These two clubs join AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Olympiacos, RSC Anderlecht, FC Basel and Galatasaray SK in the championship. Portuguese club FC Porto will actually be officially launched this weekend.

With nine clubs already signed, a second Brazilian club is next to be announced. A UK-based team has also been signed and will follow shortly after. Superleague Formula has also agreed terms with clubs from Spain, France, Mexico, Korea, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates and these are scheduled to be announced during the next weeks.

"We are thrilled to open our championship at Donington Park next year and the Autosport International Show is a brilliant venue for us to showcase the championship and give the fans an idea of what they will see next year," Superleague Formula President and CEO, Alex Andreu said.

"Negotiations are continuing with a number of clubs to fill the final 3 places and we are planning to add a second UK club to our roster by the time we hit the track for the first time."

Race fans will get to see the Elan Motorsports Technologies-built cars on Saturday and Sunday of the NEC show, January 12-13. Media and trade representatives had their first viewing today and tomorrow (January 9-10).

Joining Elan Motorsport Technologies and engine supplier Menard Competition Technologies (MCT), Superleague Formula today also announced Pi Research as the chosen electronics supplier for the championship.

Pi Research has been selected to supply the entire electronics solution for the Superleague Panoz DP09B car. The system will be based around the company’s successful Sigma logging and control platform that has been employed in Formula 1 and Champ Car.

In addition to providing data acquisition, a Pectel SQ6M Engine Controller and standalone gearbox controller will be included to manage the MCT V12 engine and Hewland paddle-shift semi automatic gearbox.

Pi Research is the industry leader in data acquisition and analysis software for all categories of motorsport. Its solutions are designed to appeal to professional teams and club racers.

"Our goal for Superleague Formula is to have a car that provides extremely high performance, sounds fantastic and is technically advanced yet extremely reliable," Superleague Formula Operations Director, Robin Webb said.

"Pi Research are a market leader in their sector of the industry and we are delighted welcome them to the championship. With Elan, Menard and Pi, we are confident we have a very strong group of suppliers that will provide us with a great end product."

- Paul Ryan-  photos Superleague


11.01.2008 / MaP

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