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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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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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?

Thats coming...

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

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PowerBoost

The PowerBoost system adds a whole new dimension to international motorsport and is unique to the A1 Grand Prix Series. By changing the engine's parameters, the system can give the driver an additional 30bhp over a limited time during each race. Taking the A1 Car to its maximum 550bhp, when used at the right time, the PowerBoost will encourage overtaking meaning the race leader could change on a lap-by-lap basis making even more exciting racing.

The PowerBoost function is driver activated via a button mounted on the steering wheel. Each driver will have a limited amount of time over which he can use the extra power. Once this allotted time has passed the system will become disabled - after each race the Zytek engineers will then reset the system on each car ready for the next race.

Each driver will need to use his skill to carefully manage how and when the system is used during the race.


On-Board Cameras

With racing as spectacular as that promised by A1 Grand Prix, it's important that the fans at the track and those watching at home get to see the action as it happens and the car's vantage point promises to deliver some real thrills.

Lola engineers have worked closely with A1 Grand Prix Productions to ensure that the A1 Car has the ability to transmit on-board images from four different locations. These are:

1. By the front suspension wishbone, with left and right-hand side options. This gives a low view of the track ahead, accentuating the car's speed, cornering and braking abilities.

2. Rearward on the cockpit rim looking back at the driver, with left and right-hand options - see what effects the G-forces have on the driver's head, the look of concentration in his eyes, and how the wheel is turned.

3. On the roll-hoop looking forward. This classic 'roll-hoop view' will show the entire front of the car, allowing for exciting in-car action and overtaking.

4. Looking over the drivers' shoulder to give an ideal view of the cockpit showing viewers when the PowerBoost button is being used. With left and right-hand options this is as close to a driver's eye view as possible, without being lucky enough to become an A1 Driver!

5. A rear facing camera position below the rear wing to show any cars following keeping track of the competition.

6. There are also two cameras on each side of the rear wing with a front view.


Impact Testing

The A1 Car has undergone the stringent FIA-approved crash tests to ensure the maximum safety for the A1 drivers.

The tests simulate loads on various parts of the car, reaching an amazing 7.5 tonnes (as much as a delivery truck) of controlled weight on the roll hoop to protect the drivers' head in an inverted car. In the frontal crash test the car is impacted at a speed of 12 metres per second with the dummy experiencing up to 60G of force. The A1 Grand Prix car passed these rigorous tests with flying colours and as a result has proved itself to be one of the safest race cars ever built.


Safety Equipment

For A1 drivers, the A1 Car is a safe environment in which to race. In addition to the car meeting all the stringent FIA crash tests, the driver can also count on several features within the cockpit. This includes a HANS (Head and Neck Support) device installation.

A special extractable seat moulded to the driver's exact shape allows easy removal of the seat and driver if necessary, and a padded headrest made from state-of-the-art Conforfoam protects the head from rapid g-loading changes.


G-Forces

Drivers will experience positive and negative g-forces of around 3.5G on a typical A1 Grand Prix circuit. These loads are similar to those experienced by fighter pilots.

G-forces are generated all the time, but the most extreme are at high speeds when the car's aerodynamic downforce pushes the car into the track, under hard braking and when cornering.

We live in a world at 1G, and every additional G effectively doubles the weight experienced naturally. A 60kg driver will therefore weigh up to 210 kg at some points around the circuit, and his head will weigh the same as a cannonball.

The stresses and strains on the upper body are considerable, but the tight confines of the cockpit and the sparco 6-point harness give incredible security. The drivers are all extremely fit, which helps them cope with these extreme G-forces.


Seatbelt

A Sparco six-point racing harness with quick-release buckle keeps the A1 driver firmly in place. Two shoulder, two waist and two groin straps are tightened manually to ensure a snug fit.


Cockpit Instrumentation

Unlike a road car which has a large dash area to show the driver what's going on, the A1 Car's cockpit means a very different solution is needed.

The A1 Car's dash, a Pi Research Delta unit, is located in the centre of the steering wheel and features 8Mb of compact flash, maximum data logging of 500 Hz (500 times per second). Expandable from 10 channels, the data can be downloaded from the flash unit's removable memory card.

The instruments allow the driver to check oil pressure and temperature, engine revolutions, last lap time and fuel level. They're displayed in a series of red LEDs.


Paddle Shift

The EGS is an electro-mechanical system, which has been completely designed and manufactured by Zytek Engineering for use in the A1 Car. The system is the first of its kind to be developed for use in motorsport and utilises the very latest CNC machinery and bespoke manufacturing processes to ensure every unit is made to the same exacting quality standards.

The Electronic Gear Shift System (EGS) allows gear shifting with sequential gears by the actuation of shift paddles, which are mounted onto the steering wheel. The right-hand paddle shifts up a gear, the left shifts down. Additional switches, for selecting neutral and reverse, are also mounted on the steering wheel.

The driver does not need to operate the clutch, except for starting and stopping and when selecting neutral and reverse gear. The EGS offers down change protection which eliminates the possibility of engine over-revs, and it also has the additional benefit of 40millisecond gear changes (about the same time as it takes to blink) and up to four downshifts in less than a second which considerably increase the life span of the gears and dog rings.

The EGS system consists of the following components:

GCU
Up Shift Actuator
Down Shift Actuator
Blipper Actuator
Steering Wheel Components (including)

- Up Shift Switch + Paddle Assy (one only)
- Down Shift Switch + Paddle Assy (one only)
- Neutral Switch
- Emergency Switch
- Reverse Switch


Fuel System

The A1 Car is equipped with a 135-litre capacity ATL flexible fuel cell. The capacity allows the races to be completed without the need to re-fuel midway.

Two lift pumps including one high-pressured system give a colossal flow rate of 200 litres per minute. The fuel cell is made from Kevlar-based FIA spec FT-5 material, similar to that used for bullet-proof vests.


Fuel

The A1 Cars all run on control fuel - rated at 100 RON. This 100 octane unleaded gasoline is similar to the high performance fuel available to buy from regular service stations.


Suspension

The front and rear suspension is of double wishbone and pushrod operated twin coil over damper construction. Adjustable ride height, cambers and toe, as well as anti-dive and anti squat will optimise drive control.


Dampers

By its very nature, a racing car's suspension needs to be taut and stiff, to enable it to take corners at phenomenal speeds. This tautness means the suspension's travel is limited and as such any system needs to offer fine-tuning and adjustment.

Suspension experts Ohlin's well-respected TT44 dampers (commonly known incorrectly as shock absorbers - thats the spring) have been used in the A1 Car from day one, and offer three-way adjustability to fine-tune each car's set-up to the needs and preferences of individual drivers.

The dampers have been thoroughly tested on Lola's seven-post dynamic test rig, which simulates the suspension conditions at various racetracks both before and after track test sessions. Ohlin dampers are made to a consistently high standard, ensuring all 25 A1 teams have parity and equality in their suspension equipment.

The rest of the front and rear suspension is of double wishbone and pushrod operated twin coil over damper construction. Adjustable ride height, wheel cambers and toe in/out, as well as anti-dive and anti-squat will optimise the driver's control. In short, the A1 Car's suspension set up can be tailored to be as unique as the driver's fingerprints.


Driveline

The gearbox is a 6-speed transverse sequential unit that has a lightweight magnesium casing. Lola engineers developed the gearbox in conjunction with manufacturers X-Trac and have also worked with Zytek Engineering on the paddle shift sys


Clutch

A two-piece carbon clutch was tailored especially for the A1 Car to handle the exceptional torque of a racing engine with up to 550 bhp and the two racing starts per weekend.

This unit combines lightweight construction - important in a racing car - with durability and bullet-proof reliability.

The A1 car's gearchange is by electronically automated shifting of a six-speed paddle shift transmission - peak loads at full throttle could literally shred a lesser clutch. The two-piece carbon clutch can take the load, even when the driver changes up with the PowerBoost activated.

In hot and cold testing the clutch proved faultless.


Brakes

A lightweight racing car with up to 550 bhp needs brakes of equal power and here the A1 Car again uses a hi-tech, reliable solution.

World-renowned friction materials company AP specifically designed a set of disc brakes with four-piston callipers for the challenges and conditions of A1 Grand Prix racing.

Steel alloy discs give excellent, progressive braking performance at all temperatures - and unlike carbon or ceramic brakes they work just as well when cool or at racing temperatures.

A rigorous test programme at Silverstone (cold weather) and Jerez (hot weather) developed the braking system, and the drivers walked away praising their durability, feel and power.

Brake feel through the pedal is especially important in A1 Grand Prix races, as the cars have no modern driver aids. There's no anti-lock braking (ABS) on an A1 Car so driver skill is paramount. The AP steel brakes give the best levels of feedback and confidence, allowing drivers to push their cars to the limit.

Expect plenty of late braking and exciting passing manoeuvres...


Wheels

The A1 Grand Prix car uses OZ 12-spoke wheels. The front wheels have a diameter of 13 inches and are 11.75 inches wide, whilst the rear wheels are 13 inches x 16 inches wide


Tyres

The slick tyres selected for the A1 Car were the result of extensive testing in the UK, Spain and Italy. Lola International, Zytek Engineering and world-renowned race tyre specialist Cooper Avon worked together on a parallel development programme, to ensure the best possible combination of car, gearbox and tyres.

The huge torque of the A1 Engine requires a significantly larger rear tyre to successfully complete a race distance and still feel good to drive. Two wide rear tyre options were tested in the extreme heat of Jerez and were pushed up to and beyond their limits by A1 Test Drivers Ralph Firman and Stephen Watson. The lap times and both driver comments all pointed to the larger 370/660R13s, fitted to 16' wide rims. That's a total of 30' of rear tread width.

The slick Cooper A1 Tyres give very progressive levels of grip and feedback that lack in treaded or grooved tyres. Unlike road tyres, which have to last for thousands of miles, the Cooper A1 Tyre is made of a unique blend of materials, only one of which is rubber.

Operating at racing temperatures of up to 90 degrees Celsius the tyre surface becomes almost gel-like. This, coupled with the A1 Car's downforce, makes the tyre 'squash' into the race track surface - giving awesome grip and cornering abilities.

With a high sidewall, the tyre also plays an important part in the car's suspension set-up. Tyres 'spring' and deform over bumps in a controlled, regular fashion, and the A1 teams and engineers will use this property to best set-up their A1 cars for great handling, and close racing.

The Cooper A1 Tyres also need to cope with up to 550 bhp and full-throttle acceleration - but with no traction control other than the driver's right foot, racing fans can expect plenty of tyre-smoking action from start to chequered flag.

The A1 tyre is a control tyre - all teams use the same compound. In wet conditions, a specially-developed rain tyre has been carefully selected to cope with monsoon conditions while being tough enough to complete a race distance on a drying track. The compound, construction and pattern design are unique and perfectly tailored to A1 Grand Prix providing the best possible product for this extreme application.
 
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Part 3 - Rules and Race Weekend Schedule

Friday

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09:00		Gates open	

13:00-14:00	Official Practice Session 1	

16:00-17:00	Official Practice Session 2


Saturday

The average of the two best times of the four qualifying sessions will form the grid for the sprint race. All teams must participate timed in at least two timed qualifying sessions. Within each 15 minute session each team may only complete three laps (outlap, flying lap, in lap).


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11:00-12:00	Official Practice Session 3	

14:00		15 min Qualifying Session 1
(10 min break)
		15 min Qualifying Session 2
(10 min break)
		15 min Qualifying Session 3
(10 min break)
		15 min Qualifying Session 4

Each session is followed by a 10 minute break containing adverts and commentary. At the end of each 10 minute break fans on track and at home are brought up to date with the times.
Sprint Race

The average (based on aggregate) of the best two lap times will determine the grid for the sprint race which will be a rolling start. The sprint race will be between 20 and 30 minutes long.


1st place will receive 10 points
2nd place will receive 9 points
3rd place will receive 8 points
4th place will receive 7 points
5th place will receive 6 points
6th place will receive 5 points
7th place will receive 4 points
8th place will receive 3 points
9th place will receive 2 points
10th place will receive 1 points


The results of the sprint race will determine the grid for the feature race.
Feature Race

The results of the sprint race will determine the grid for the feature race. The feature race will be between 45 and 60 minutes.


1st place will receive 10 points
2nd place will receive 9 points
3rd place will receive 8 points
4th place will receive 7 points
5th place will receive 6 points
6th place will receive 5 points
7th place will receive 4 points
8th place will receive 3 points
9th place will receive 2 points
10th place will receive 1 points


One point will be allocated to the fastest lap achieved by a team during the sprint race or feature race.
Sunday

Code:
09:00		Gates open	

10:00-10:15	Warm up (optional)	

Tbc		Driver Parade	

13:00		Pit Lane opens	

13:30-14:00	Sprint Race (rolling start)	

14:30		Pit Lane opens	

15:00-16:00	Feature Race (standing start)

All points are allocated to the winning Nation and there are no driver points. A1GP is a team effort and a team sport. The winner is the driver, team and most importantly the Nation is the winner.


Drivers

Only drivers who take part in at least one of the three practice sessions can take part in the races. Therefore a maximum of three drivers can take part at a race weekend.


Team

The Nations technical team who work in the pits cannot exeed more than ten people to make sure that all teams have a level playing field.
 
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Part 4 - The Teams


Australia

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Team Information

Alan Docking Racing is one of the best national racing outfits around, and has proved it over and over in its many years within the British Formula 3 Championship. Canny Aussie Alan Docking’s team is a previous winner of the British F3 championship, with Team GBR driver Robbie Kerr, so has plenty of pedigree. The same could certainly be said for the team’s figurehead Alan Jones, the 1980 Formula 1 World Champion with Williams.


Austria

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Team Information

Some huge names involved here, a bit like the Brazilian team. The South Americans have Piquet, Senna and Fittipaldi on board and Austria almost matches them with Lauda and Rosberg. Three-times F1 World Champion Niki Lauda heads up the team alongside 1982 champion Keke Rosberg. Lauda’s side is providing the driving talent in Niki’s GP2 racing son Mathias, while Keke is providing the team to run the Austrian car – Team Rosberg. This should be another strong entry with this much know-how.


Brazil

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Team Information

Being one of the most famous and respected footballer on the globe, Ronaldo was the perfect man to spearhead the A1GP team for the land of samba and Mardi Gras. He might not be the best to offer advice on winning world-level motor racing series, but that’s ok because the Brazilians also have Emerson Fittipaldi on board, and he knows a thing or two about winning titles. The 1972 and ‘74 F1 World Champion is a legend and will surely drive the team towards the success of his fellow seat-holder’s footy team.


Canada

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Team Information

Wade Cherwayko is the franchise holder for the Canadian team but the car will be run by veteran British single-seater squad John Village Automotive. One of UK national motor racing’s great characters, cheeky chappie Village knows how to win titles. His squad won championships in Formula Vauxhall Lotus and Formula Vauxhall Junior as well as European Formula 3000. The team still runs in the Superfund Euro 3000 series so is well versed in running big, powerful single-seaters.


China

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Team Information

China is a totally unknown quantity in A1GP. The Chinese seat holder is a chap called Liu Yu, who is one of China’s most successful businessmen. He has built his career around the textile trade and manufacture industry but also deals in petroleum and mining. So not much motor racing experience but plenty of financial backing.
 
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Czech Republic

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Team Information

A late entry into the A1GP series, the Czech Republic seat is held by race driver and manager Antonin Charouz, a member of the board of directors at Czech company BPA Sports Marketing. His credentials also include 20 championship titles.


France

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Team Information

The team principal for Team France is none other than DAMS team boss Jean-Paul Driot. This is very significant because, with the DAMS team behind this effort, France are a real threat. DAMS have had huge success in pretty much everything they have done, and that includes International Formula 3000 and world sportscars so this is a team you cannot take less than seriously.


Germany

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Team Information

There are a lot of big names floating about in A1GP, like Piquet, Fittipaldi, Jones, Qinghua. But this may be the biggest of them all, albeit by proxy, as seat holder Willi Weber is the manager of the world’s most famous racing brothers – Michael and Ralf Schumacher. What Weber will bring to the party in terms of team know-how and technical expertise is unclear, but what he brings in terms of business nous and sheer clout is undeniable. The Super Nova team that has had so much success in F3000 ran the German car in testing but has not been confirmed as the full-time squad.


Great Britain

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Team Information

Yet another former F1 World Champion is in charge here in Blighty in the form of John Surtees. The only man ever to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels has recruited one of the best teams in recent F3000 history to run his squad too, in Christian Horner’s Arden International team. The combination is sure to be explosive, and resulted in the quickest times in the opening test at Silverstone. At Paul Ricard they were much further down the order but never fear, for this is because they were doing very specific work on set-up rather than going for top times. If this is true, they should be very well sorted for Brands Hatch.


India

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Team Information

Indian-born South African tycoon Atul Gupta has teamed up with Bollywood star Anil Kapoor to form A1 Team India.
 
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Indonesia

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Team Information

Another unknown quantity in the sense that, like China, very little is known about Indonesia’s seat holder and team, named as CMS in the recent Paul Ricard test sessions. One can’t help but think that whoever CMS are, they will be somewhat out of their depth against giants of the sport like DAMS, Arden International and Alan Docking Racing.


Ireland

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Team Information

Team Ireland will be one of the most interesting teams in A1GP. Mark Kershaw is the team principal and respected international sports manager Mark Gallagher the franchise owner but little is known about the actual team that will propel Ireland into the world motorsport arena once more.


Italy

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Team Information

Another F1 name joins the A1GP fold here, with Piercarlo Ghinzani’s team running the Italian entry after a deal with Coloni Motorsport fell through. Slightly less well known than Fittipaldi, Rosberg, Piquet and co, Ghinzani spent eight years in F1, starting 111 races but scored just two points. Not quite the pedigree of his ex-F1 A1GP colleagues but his team, has competed in plenty of big single-seater series like Italian and European F3000, as well as Italian and German Formula 3.


Japan

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Team Information

None available


Lebanon

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Team Information

Not much is known about the Lebanese seat holder Tameem Auchi – he is the 27-year old son of Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi, the 22nd richest man in Britain, and was married in a hugely lavish ceremony at a hotel just outside Hyde Park at the same time as Live 8 was happening. However, plenty is known about the team he has running his operation in A1GP. Carlin Motorsport has been one of the dominant forces in British F3 for years now, and Trevor Carlin’s outfit is a class act, with plenty of very experienced engineers. They’ve recently proved just how good they are at winning stuff by running Alvaro Parente to the British F3 title, so are not to be underestimated.
 
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Malaysia

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Team Information

The elusive CMS has been named as the outfit behind Team Malaysia but the man behind the franchise is much more well-known. Alex Yoong was a Minardi driver in F1 for a time and, although he never made much of an impact, he showed good speed and was a bloody nice chap to boot, so it’s good to have him back on the world stage. He’s a clever bloke and his knowledge of the sport will probably be useful.


Mexico

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Team Information

The franchise owners Juan Cortina and Julio Jaurequi have done well to recruit Jean-Paul Driot’s DAMS squad to run their team, as the experience and expertise of DAMS is second to none. That will serve them well, although with three teams to run, including the French team in which Driot owns the franchise, will Mexico get the best of everything from DAMS?


Netherlands

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Team Information

Jan Lammers’ Racing for Holland concern has loads of credentials in sportscar racing. In fact, it’s one of the best teams in international sportscars, racing prototypes and GTs in recent years with huge success. Lammers has been around for eons and knows all types of race cars inside out. He is also a consummate professional and can be trusted to get the very best out of whatever he does, so is nothing short of a huge threat.


New Zealand

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Team Information

Auckland businessman Colin Giltrap owns the NZ franchise. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Bob McMurray has plenty of experience in the field on which to draw, having worked with the McLaren F1 team for over 30 years. They have also got Dick Bennetts’ West Surrey Racing team running his operation. That’s a good thing, WSR have been a top team in touring car racing of late, recently running Rob Collard to his first British Touring Car Championship victory at Knockhill. It’s been a long while since WSR ran single-seaters (1994 was its last British F3 assault), but it’s worth noting that the team was one of the most successful teams in the European history of F3, winning no fewer than 5 British titles.


Pakistan

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Team Information

Arif Hussain has got the Super Nova team running things for A1GP, which is a huge boost to what seems an unlikely motor racing nation. Super Nova has proved itself a world beater in International Formula 3000 and will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in A1GP.
 
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Portugal

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Team Information

Team Portugal is another very strong outfit that will be a threat. Carlos Queiroz has hired Carlin Motorsport to run the operation. Trevor Carlin’s team is a class act, and has been a dominant force in British F3 for years, recently underlining its prowess by taking Alvaro Parente to the British F3 title. Do not underestimate the team, and also take note of its big name seat-holder – world football superstar Luis Figo. Figo and Ronaldo will no doubt be exchanging text messages, one taunting the other about his team’s progress, but the truth is they both have strong squads and their involvement only serves to raise the profile of A1GP.


Russia

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Team Information

None available


South Africa

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Team Information

Little known except that the franchise holder is Tokyo Sexwale, the former freedom fighter and that Nelson Mandela is actively behind the team, and was at the team unveiling. That’s some pretty serious clout.


Switzerland

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Team Information

Max Welti is the team principal, and brings plenty of experience in top-class Motorsport with him, having worked before with Sauber Formula 1 and been former Porsche Motorsport Director.


USA

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Team Information

Communications tycoon Rick Weidlinger is the franchise owner and brings with him a history of sports and technology accomplishments. Clearly a major businessman, Weidlinger will no doubt bring sufficient clout to the role.
 
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Arc said:
Ah, this sounds a lot like the old Formula Parma Audi boost system. Not so unique then :(.

Race distance seems quiet short aswell, the sprint race really is a sprint so there could be some interesting tactics used in that (rolling start should be fun :) ).

Pretty much yeah. It essentially the same system. However less of a power boost though.

30bhp instead of 50bhp

Thr rolling start should be good into the first corner. ;)

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Part 5 - Drivers

Code:
[b]A1 Team 	Driver 1 		Driver 2 [/b]
Australia 	Will Power		Christian Jones 
Austria 	Mathias Lauda   
Brazil 		Nelson Piquet Jr.	Joao Paulo de Oliveira 
Canada 		Sean MacIntosh   
China 		Qinghua Ma		Tengyi Jiang 
Czech Republic 	Jan Charouz   
France 		Nicholas Lapierre	Alexandre Premat 
Germany 	Timo Scheider		Adrian Sutil 
Great Britain 	Robbie Kerr		Alex Lloyd 
India 		Karun Chandhok		Armaan Ebrahim 
Indonesia 	Ananda Mikola   
Ireland 	Michael Devaney   
Italy 		Enrico Toccacelo	Nino Piccoli 
Japan 		Ryo Fukuda   
Lebanon 	Basil Shaaban		Khalil Beschir 
Malaysia 	Alex Yoong		Fairuz Fauzy 
Mexico 		Salvador Duran   
Netherlands 	Jos Verstappen		Jeroen Bleekemolen 
New Zealand 	Matt Halliday		Jonny Reid 
Pakistan 	Adam Khan   
Portugal 	Alvaro Parente		Joao Urbano 
Russia 		Alexey Vasiliev		Nikolay Fomenko 
South Africa 	Stephen Simpson		Gavin Cronje 
Switzerland 	Neel Jani   
USA 		Scott Speed

Few familiar names there. ;) Couple missing due to other commitments - Like Ralph Firman

A1 Teams can nominate different drivers for each race weekend. With all series points going to the national team, the A1 driver line-up will not only vary between qualifying, the Sprint race and the Feature race but also from week to week.

Sounds an interesting concept. :D
 
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Vertigo1 said:
Scott Speed for the USA team!?

I thought he was a dead-cert to get a seat in the ex-Sauber-come-Red-Bull-rookies team next year?

He is....

However - America REALLY want to win this.

He's going to be extremely busy though - GP2 at the moment, Testing with Red Bull over winter, A1GP over winter, then pre season testing with Red Bull USA/Junior...

Matt said:
So... er... has anyone ever heard of our drivers before? :D Will be interesting to see how they get on though :)

Ex-British Formula 3 champion Robbie Kerr has been confirmed as the driver for Brands Hatch ahead of sometime European F3000 race winner Alex Lloyd.

This wasn’t a huge surprise as Robbie is traditionally a bit of a Brands specialist, and can always be counted on to go well here, which bodes well for the red, white and blue team. A solid performer always, and quick in any car he’s ever got into, Robbie will do us proud.

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2005 A1 Grand Prix Championship - Round 1 Brands Hatch

Free Practice 1 times

Code:
[b]Pos	Country		Driver		Laps	Time		Gap[/b]
1	USA		Speed		19	1:16.516	123.362 mph	
2	Brazil		Piquet		13	1:17.156	0.640	
3	France		Lapierre	20	1:17.216	0.700	
4	Great Britain	Kerr		21	1:17.463	0.947	
5	Malaysia	Yoong		17	1:17.579	1.063	
6	Australia	Power		30	1:17.673	1.157	
7	Switzerland	Jani		22	1:17.731	1.215	
8	Portugal	Parente		19	1:17.740	1.224	
9	Netherlands	Verstappen	20	1:17.970	1.454	
10	Mexico		Duran		27	1:17.997	1.481	
11	New Zealand	Halliday	24	1:18.157	1.641	
12	Germany		Scheider	13	1:18.344	1.828	
13	Canada		Macintosh	28	1:18.470	1.954	
14	South Africa	Simpson		21	1:18.640	2.124	
15	Japan		Fukuda		27	1:18.859	2.343	
16	Pakistan	Khan		14	1:18.932	2.416	
17	Czech Rep	Charouz		20	1:19.396	2.880	
18	Lebanon		Shaaban		24	1:19.491	2.975	
19	Ireland		Devaney		16	1:19.542	3.026	
20	Austria		Lauda		14	1:19.674	3.158	
21	Indonesia	Mikola		16	1:20.126	3.610	
22	Russia		Vasiliev	14	1:22.905	6.389	
23	Italy		Toccacelo	3	1:25.320	8.804	
24	China		Quinghua Ma	15	1:26.555	10.039	
25	India		Chandhok	2	1:28.607	12.091
 
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Free Practice 2 times

Code:
[b]Pos	Country		Driver		Laps	Time		Gap[/b]
1	Brazil		Piquet		14	1:25.122	110.890 mph	
2	Great Britain	Kerr		21	1:25.361	0.239	
3	Portugal	Parente		15	1:25.639	0.517	
4	South Africa	Simpson		16	1:26.294	1.172	
5	France		Lapierre	18	1:26.328	1.206	
6	Canada		Macintosh	21	1:26.346	1.224	
7	Ireland		Devaney		14	1:26.540	1.418	
8	USA		Speed		14	1:26.665	1.543	
9	Germany		Sutil		15	1:26.817	1.695	
10	Switzerland	Jani		15	1:26.947	1.825	
11	Mexico		Duran		20	1:27.553	2.431	
12	Pakistan	Khan		17	1:27.738	2.616	
13	Italy		Toccacelo	17	1:27.890	2.768	
14	Japan		Fukuda		21	1:28.109	2.987	
15	Austria		Lauda		20	1:28.154	3.032	
16	Malaysia	Yoong		9	1:28.193	3.071	
17	Indonesia	Mikola		18	1:28.241	3.119	
18	New Zealand	Halliday	17	1:28.350	3.228	
19	Netherlands	Verstappen	7	1:28.594	3.472	
20	Lebanon		Beschir		12	1:28.806	3.684	
21	Czech Rep	Charouz		17	1:28.827	3.705	
22	Australia	Jones		12	1:29.346	4.224	
23	Russia		Fomenko		12	1:30.207	5.085	
24	China		Jiang		9	1:35.767	10.645	
25	India		Chandhok	0	No Time		-
 
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giSh^uK said:
yea me too

id love to watch this, but dont have sky and im not gonna buy it just for this

If you get recommended by someone - you get a free dish and installation and half price package for a month iirc...

person who recommends you gets a free Sky+ box. :D
 
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