2005 A1GP Championship - Round 1 - Brands Hatch

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2005 A1GP Championship
Round 1 - Brands Hatch


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Well - it was announced 18 months ago - many people said it would never
happen - but this weekend it starts.

Got to admit - I'm impressed.

However - what I'm not impressed with is the current state of availabel
information on the series..the A1GP web site isn't complete and has big
sections blank.. :eek:

So...I'm going to do a run down of the history, car, teams and what rules
and regs I can figure out.

So here we go...

*BTW..I'm doing this on the fly - so there may be quite a time between
posts. :D*
 
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haha thanks flibster, i was planning to go to this, but its my bday this weekend so going out with all my mates instead, need to get my priorities sorted methinks :D
 
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Part 1 - A1GP History


30 March 2004

Dubai Launch – High Highness Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum unveils the A1 Grand Prix prototype car in the grounds of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in front of over 600 guests from Dubai and round the world. Based on a business model combined with the excitement of motorsport, the series will run in the winter of 2005/2006 with up to 30 identical cars. The cars will be entered by countries with the driver being indigenous to the country entering the car. Sponsorship for each car must also only come from the country it represents.


07 June 2004

V8 Engine Announced – The car will be powered by a 3.4 litre V8 engine manufactured by Zytek Engineering.


15 July 2004

Design Finalised – Car on Display at Farnborough Air Show – The car, that has undergone extensive wind tunnel testing, is on display at the Farnborough International Air Show. This is the first time the world famous show has had motorsport content and the A1 car is centre stage and seen by over half a million visitors to the show.


23 July 2004

John Wickham to oversee test programme – The vastly experienced motorsport manager, John Wickham, is appointed to oversee the extensive testing programme. John, who led Bentley to an historic win in the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours, is appointed Global Operations Manager in December.


19 August 2004

Sky Sports deal for UK live coverage – Sky Sports, the UK’s leading broadcaster of motorsport, signs an exclusive deal to televise the series. The broadcaster will show all practice and qualifying sessions and races live.


20 August 2004

Ralph Firman signed as test driver – Former Formula 1 driver, and one of the UK’s most experienced international racing drivers signs up to test the car.


27 August 2004

Successful hot and cold weather tests – The car completes 2,000 kilometres of successful testing in both the UK and Spain with Ralph Firman and A1 Grand Prix General Manager, Stephen Watson, at the wheel.


27 September 2004

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Official Tyre Supplier – Cooper Tire & Ruibber Company, from Findlay, Ohio, USA, through its Avon Tyres racing operation in Melksham, Wiltshire, signs a three year deal to supply the series.


30 September 2004

First Seat Holder Announcements – Definitive Car unveiled – At a launch in London the first six seat holders are announced. The launch is hosted by the Great Britain Seat Holder whose Chairman is John Surtees MBE, the only man to have won World Championships on two and four wheels. Also announced are South Africa, China, Portugal, Pakistan and Lebanon. The backdrop of Trafalgar Square is used for early morning television interviews with His Highness Sheikh Maktoum explaining what has been achieved in just six months.


19 October 2004

A1 Grand Prix secures more television deals at SPORTELMonaco – A1 Grand Prix takes a stand at SPORTELMonaco, the marketplace for television executives. The series creates a buzz as major television rights deals are negotiated.


28 October 2004

A1 Grand Prix & Cooper Tire at Sema Show, Las Vegas – The A1 car is on display at the tyre trade’s major show in Las Vegas where the Cooper Tire & Rubber company discuss the official supplier deal with its own trade press.


01 November 2004

South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki unveils the South African A1 GP Car – New Seat Holders announced - The official launch of the South African team is held in Johannesburg with the country’s president, Thabo Mbeki, joining His Highness Sheikh Maktoum and South African Seat Holder, former freedom fighter, Tokyo Sexwale, on stage to unveil the car. Also announced were the Seat Holders for Australia, Canada and Malaysia. Former F1 World Champion, Alan Jones, joins team owner Alan Docking to run the Australian team, while former F1 driver, Alex Yoong, is to run the Malaysian team.


09 November 2004

Nelson Mandela supports A1 Grand Prix – A1 Grand Prix car is run at Kyalami – His Highness Sheikh Maktoum meets Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg following the launch of the South African team. Nelson Mandela was in jail with Seat Holder, Tokyo Sexwale, and the former president’s prison number, 46664, will be one of two competition numbers on the car. The other will be 2010, when South African hosts the Football World Cup. The car was run at the Kyalami race track in front of 25,000 fans with Alan van der Merwe at the wheel.


25 November 2004

A1 Grand Prix car achieves further milestones – The car is run at the Vallelunga track in Italy covering 1,500 kilometres in three days. This completed a test totalling 3,500 miles on the engine ‘without missing a beat’.


01 December 2004

President General Emile Lahoud unveils A1 Grand Prix Team Lebanon – New Seat Holders announced – A second president unveils the A1 car when President General Emile Lahoud did the honours at an event in Beirut. This was hosted by Seat Holder Mr Tameem Auchi in Le Royal Hotel and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum joined the guests on stage. Also announced were the Seat Holders for Holland, Mexico, Korea and Turkey. Another former F1 driver, Jan Lammers, was announced as Seat Holder for Holland.


16 December 2004

A1 Grand Prix starts production of the largest motor racing order in history – A contract with Lola Cars, from Huntingdon, was activated to start production of 50 identical A1 Grand Prix cars. This was the largest single motor racing order in the sports history, and was apart from an order placed with Zytek Engineering, from Derby, for 58 identical 3.4 litre V8 engines.


10 January 2005

A1 Grand Prix car to run in Dubai and proceeds to go to Tsunami Victims – His Highness Sheikh Maktoum has organised for the car to run at the Dubai Autodrome on the 26 th and 27 th January with all proceeds to go to the Tsunami Earthquake Victims. This is the first time the car will be seen in Sheikh Maktoum’s native Dubai since the launch in March.


13 January 2005

A1 Grand Prix announces inaugural race at Brands Hatch – At the Autosport International Show in Birmingham the date and venue of the first race in the A1 Grand Prix series was announced. This will be on the 18 th September, 2005 at Brands Hatch in the UK and the announcement was made on the central stage by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum and Jonathan Palmer, MotorSport Vision Chief Executive. Also present was John Surtees, Chairman of the British A1 Grand Prix Team.


25 January 2005

The date for the Brands Hatch race is changed to the 25 th September - This is following feedback from fans who wanted to attend the race but had already purchased tickets for other events on the original date.


31 January 2005

A1 Grand Prix car breaks Dubai Autodrome lap record – This is achieved during two days of testing on 26 th and 27 th January with Robbie Kerr at the wheel. The car covered 700 kilometres during the test, brining the total distance during testing to over 5,000 kilometres. The event also raises money for the Tsunami Relief Fund.


28 February 2005

A1 Team Pakistan is officially launched at a spectacular event at Lahore Fort attended by the President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf - The next day the car is driven through the streets of Lahore by Sheikh Maktoum. This was an historic occasion as Pakistan has no race circuits and a racing car had never been seen running in the country before. The first A1 Grand Prix driver was announced when Pakistan named Nur B. Ali as its driver. In another historic move, the Indian Seat Holder was announced at this event. A1 Team Indian has been acquired by the Gupta family, owners of the Sahara Computer Company.


14 March 2005

A1 Team Mexico is officially launched in Mexico City – This takes place at the Hipodromo de Las Americas with Juan Cortina, President of the team, introducing the car to guests including ministers and prominent businessmen. Also at this event it was announced that one of the most famous international sporting stars, Ronaldo, had acquired the Seat for Brazil. Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid, is also a member of the Brazilian national football team. He was a member of the 1994 World Cup winning team that dedicated its win to the late Ayrton Senna.


30 March 2005

A1 Team Australia is officially launched in Sydney - It was also announced by A1 Grand Prix that Australia would host a round of the series. The launch was attended by local political figures as well as triple Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham. The following day the car was taken to the Eastern Creek circuit where Christian Jones, the son of A1 Team Australia Chairman and former Formula 1 World Champion, Alan Jones, demonstrated the car. Another Seat Holder was announced at the Sydney event. New Zealand is the latest country to join A1 Grand Prix – bringing the numbers up to 16. This has been bought by businessman Colin Giltrap, of Giltrap Group Holdings Limited, who has been a long time supporter of motorsport.


6 April 2005

A1 Team China is officially launched in Beijing – The impressive event takes place at the 800-year-old Diaoyutai State Guest House, once the vacation home to China’s Emperors. It was also announced by A1 Grand Prix that China would host the final round of the series.


14 April 2005

A1 Team Great Britain announces Arden International Motorsport to run the car and prospective drivers – A1 Team Great Britain Chairman, John Surtees, announces Arden International Motorsport will run the team’s car, while at Brands Hatch on the 23 rd and 24 th May Adam Carroll, Ralph Firman, Robbie Kerr and Alex Lloyd would go through a driver evaluation to see who would represent A1 Grand Prix in its inaugural season.


10 May 2005

The A1 Grand Prix car soars at Silverstone during a shakedown of the final specification car. At the wheel of the car for the first time was Portugal’s Pedro Lamy. The car’s fastest lap was just two tenths slower than the circuit’s Formula 3000 lap record despite the track being damp and the weather conditions cold.


23/24 May 2005

A1 Team Great Britain holds its driver shoot out at Brands Hatch in a Formula 3000 car run by Arden International Motorsport. On day one Ralph Firman and Robbie Kerr drove the car, while on day two it was Alex Lloyd and James Rossiter, who replaces Adam Carroll from the line-up originally announced.


30 May 2005

A1 Team Portugal is officially launched with Luis Figo and Carlos Queiros attending the event in central Lisbon. Beside the car when it is unveiled is the team’s driver, Pedro Lamy, and also young Portuguese drivers Alvaro Parente and Jo ão Urbano.


31 May 2005

The A1 Team Portugal car is run at the Estoril race track. Former Formula 1 driver Pedro Lamy does the majority of the testing, but Alvaro Parente completes 17 laps in the morning and Jo ão Urbano 18 in the afternoon. Alvaro is currently competing in the British Formula 3 championship and Jo ão in the Formula BMW Germany Championship.
 
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SoliD said:
haha thanks flibster, i was planning to go to this, but its my bday this weekend so going out with all my mates instead, need to get my priorities sorted methinks :D

Yes you certainly do. :p

ashtray_head said:
pffft... update? :D


am looking forward to this a lot. Here's hoping for entertaining racing

Just heard that Brands Hatch has SOLD OUT - Thats over 70'000 tickets!

Fantastic!

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Flibster said:
Just heard that Brands Hatch has SOLD OUT - Thats over 70'000 tickets!

Fantastic!

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It's amazing what you can do with reasonable ticket prices and a good line up of support races.

I really need to get to a TGP race one day, I've seen the TV coverage but I'd love to see proper F1 cars racing in the flesh.
 
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F1 races are boring, even in the flesh. Just lots of hype and a procession of cars for a couple of hours. Go to an F1 testing session - considerably cheaper and easier to get everywhere.

Am looking forward to the A1GP though, should make for some proper close racing, which we've been a bit devoid of at high levels. They should even overtake too. A lot of thought's gone into the car designs to facilitate this. Was going to go to Brands Hatch, until I found out my gf forgot to get tickets for my birthday - absolutely gutted, but at least we have Sky Sports 1.
 
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Flibster said:
Yes you certainly do. :p



Just heard that Brands Hatch has SOLD OUT - Thats over 70'000 tickets!

Fantastic!

Simon/~Flibster

Pretty sure that's just hyperbole on the part of various people. The grandstands have sold out and did so weeks ago. But up until the deadline at midnight on monday you could still buy a general admission ticket online. Once that deadline was reached all remaining tickets were withdrawn from sale to be offered on the gate.
 
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weeble said:
F1 races are boring, even in the flesh. Just lots of hype and a procession of cars for a couple of hours. Go to an F1 testing session - considerably cheaper and easier to get everywhere.

I agree, I was talking specifically about TGP - 20 guys with more money than sense going hell for leather in late 70s & early 80s Cossie powered F1 cars.
 
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I agree, I was talking specifically about TGP - 20 guys with more money than sense going hell for leather in late 70s & early 80s Cossie powered F1 cars.

Agreed, I saw a TGP race at Brands and that was far better than any current GP race. One guy even went airborne on the last corner, and still managed to finish 3rd, contributed by his red mist! The cars sound infinately better too.

A very good support race for those who have got tickets on Sunday.
 
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Part 2 - The Car

Dimensions
The A1 car's overall length is 4833mm, with a long wheelbase of 3000mm. A wide track of 1468 mm (front) and 1476 mm (rear) gives excellent cornering stability.

The car's overall height can be adjusted and changed depending on track conditions and driver preferences.

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[b]Specification[/b]
Wheelbase:	3000mm	

Weight:		Approx. 600 Kg ready to run (minus fuel and driver)	

Front & Rear Suspension:
		Double wishbone, pushrod operated twin coil over damper
		Adjustable ride height, cambers and Toe.
		Adjustable anti-dive and anti squat to optimise drive control	
Anti Roll Bar:	Quick change front and rear roll bars	

Chassis:	Carbon fibre skins, aluminium honeycomb core
		Tested to meet all applicable crash safety standards
		FIA approved side intrusion panels	

Bodywork:	Light weight Composite pre-preg bodywork	

Gearbox:	6-speed transverse sequential Gear selection via a paddle shift system	

Drive Line:	Tripod jointed driveshafts	

Brake:		Manufacture TBA	

Brake Discs & Pads:
		Steel Discs, Carbon pads	

Dampers:	Installed Length 300mm	

Wheels:		Front 18" dia x 11"<br>Rear 18" dia x 13.5"	

Steering:	Jack Knight Developments Ltd fixed centre drop 8 tooth pinion 14dp	

Steering Wheel:	Sparco, 280mm diameter, with mounted Dash	

Instrumentation & Display:
		Steering wheel mounted Dash
		Multi channel logging facility for engineering analyse	

Seat Belt:	Seat Belt 6 point harness	

Fuel Cell:	Cell approximately 135 Litres capacity	

Clutch:		AP 3-plate carbon/carbon, aluminium or steel hub	

Tyres:		Control Slick and treaded wet tyres


Chassis

The chassis can literally make or break a racing car, and the A1 Car boasts one of the very best.

Made and designed by Lola International, the A1 Car has a carbon fibre skin which cloaks a core made of aluminium honeycomb.

Based on bionic engineering principles found in nature, the hexagonal honeycomb gives remarkable strength for its weight, and has progressive deformation properties when experiencing an impact.

The aluminium honeycomb core works exceptionally well in racing cars. Combined with the carbon skin it gives a one-piece safety cell 'tub' which displays incredibly torsional rigidity (resistance against twisting).

Driver protection is ensured with FIA-approved side intrusion panels which protect from lateral impacts.


Engine

The heart of every racing car is undoubtedly its engine. The sound of a racing engine revving at full load is enough to make the hairs on the back of any racing fan's neck rise. When the engine wails, the discerning ear can tell how many cylinders the car has and eight-cylinder V-formation engines have been the favourite of drivers and engineers for years.

The all-new A1 Engine, code-named ZA1348, was developed specifically for the A1 Car by the team at Zytek Engineering.

A 3.4-litre V8 unit developing 520 bhp (550 bhp in PowerBoost mode), Zytek used its considerable expertise in theoretical analysis and practical experience to design the unit. It's got advanced electronic fuel injection, quad cams and four valves per cylinder to ensure exceptional fuel delivery even under high lateral g-forces.

Each A1 Engine will be powerful, flexible and durable - the engine block will last all season. Made of aluminium alloy, the engine block and head deliver the performance of a heavyweight in a flyweight package.

Despite its immense power the new engine weighs only 120kg - making the A1 Engine one of the lightest 3.4-litre racing engines ever made.

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Engine Type:		ZA1348	
Configuration:		90 degree V8 	
Displacement:		3400cc	
Width:			619mm	
Height:			542mm	
Length:			543mm	
Weight:			120kg	
Cylinder Block: 	Sand Cast Aluminium Alloy 	
Cylinder Head: 		Sand Cast Aluminium Alloy 	
Valve Train: 		4 Overhead Camshafts 4 Valves per Cylinder 	
Engine Management: 	Zytek EMS 4.6.1 	
Ignition:		Zytek DCDI with coil over plug 	
Spark Plugs: 		NGK	
Fuel:			100 Octane Racing 	
Max Torque: 		330lbs ft - 442Nm 	
Max Power: 		520 bhp - 387kW - (550 bhp - 410 kw with power boost button)



Bodywork

The unique A1 Car is built on a base of deliberately equalised technology. In itself, this would make the car distinctive. But extensive testing and thought has clothed it in a body of bold flowing lines and sophisticated aggression. Inspired by the distinctive shapes of the shark and stingray, it's unlike anything in world motorsport.

Good aerodynamics are crucial to the success of any racing car, and the A1 Grand Prix car has been specifically designed to excel in this area. Inspired by Sheikh Maktoum's vision of exciting-looking vehicles, the A1 Grand Prix car not only looks great, but is aerodynamically efficient.

Traditionally, cars with high downforce create a large volume of 'dirty' air behind them - meaning that cars following and trying to pass lose downforce, become difficult to drive and therefore have to drop back. This often leads to processional racing with little passing.

The A1 car has been specifically designed to create a very small pocket of dirty air behind it so that cars behind can get closer, allowing more chances to overtake. Additionally, the front wing has been designed to work particularly efficiently in close proximity to the car in front.

The bodywork was honed by experts at Lola International using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) before spending hundreds of hours in their on-site state-of-the-art windtunnel to give the best balance of two apparently disparate needs: high levels of downforce and close racing. The sidepods, engine cover and front and rear wings were all developed this way to give a striking, efficient design that allows close, exciting races.

The remainder of the bodywork is made of pre-impregnated carbon fibre composites. 'Pre-preg' gives better consistency and higher quality than hand-laid composites, giving greater strength, uniformity in the application of epoxy resin, and no weak spots. Pre-preg also means that a very specific amount of resin can be used, reducing weight.

Carbon fibre is 'laid up' into a mould, before being vacuum packed into special bags and 'cured' in an autoclave - effectively a giant high-pressure oven that turns the pre-preg from flexible, malleable material to very strong, stiff, light bodywork.

Carbon fibre is some four times lighter than steel, with the same strength. Or, put another way, 10 kilograms of carbon fibre is four times stronger than 10 kilograms of steel - making it the ideal material for A1 cars.
 
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Thanks Flibster, some interesting information you've put up. Does anyone know the schdule for these races? What time does it start? I've just got Sky Sports last week so I want to see this! There should be some really close races throughout the season and I am really liking the 24 different nationalities.
 

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I was quite shocked when I realised that we had Team GB, thought there would have been Scotland, England, Wales and NI (dont know if that decision was made due to grid restrictions).

Need to see the race to see how it all pans out and what its really like. Prolly very similar to other one make series though, eg GP2, Renault World Series.
 
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Lead_Head said:
Thanks Flibster, some interesting information you've put up. Does anyone know the schdule for these races? What time does it start?

Thats coming...

Trying to translate the scribbled notes I have into a sensible notation of the rules.. :confused:

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