Manor F1

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  1. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Does anyone know anything about the new team in F1 next year called Manor Sport? Where are they based? WHo is their mysterious household name sponsor? Who will the drivers be? Any whispers anyone?

    I've heard that they may have enticed Virgin away from Brawn GP but I've got my doubts and also Vitantonio Liuzzi who drove for Torro Rosso says he has a race seat lined up for next year...with these?
  2. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

  3. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Ok you got me Laserbeam, They're from Sheffield and so am I! I knew that though but it seemed a little boring to just put a new thread saying Im from Sheffield and so is Manor Racing...ho hum!
  4. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    From: - the same text is also available on the autocar site (don't know who is the original!). Seems they have stolen sponsorship away from Braun too!

    Company Name: Manor Grand Prix Racing
    Team Name: Manor F1 Team
    Country: United Kingdom
    Team Principal: John Alfred Booth

    The Manor name came into racing in 1990 when former single-seater champion John Booth decided to establish his own team. Since that time, Manor’s record of success includes some 171 Race Wins and 19 Championship Titles in championships such as Formula Renault and Formula 3 Euroseries.

    Manor is based in the UK across two sites, one in Sheffield and the other in Bicester. Its technical innovation is characterised by the fact that the race cars are designed, tested and refined entirely in the digital domain using the processes originally developed by Wirth Research Limited (WRL).

    WRL is an engineering company, founded by Nick Wirth in 2003, which specialises in research, development and manufacturing in the high technology sector. WRL’s designs were successful in winning both the 2004 and 2005 lndy Racing League championships and it has recently produced race winning designs for Honda competing in the American Le Mans Series.

    Wirth, who is the Technical Director of Manor Grand Prix Racing, started his career as an Aerodynamicist for the March F1 racing team. He was responsible for aerodynamic concepts as well as scheming and design of wind tunnel model components for the 1988 and 1989 Leyton House March F1 cars.

    From 1993 to 1995, Wirth was Founder/Owner/Technical Director of the Simtek F1 team, which started in the 1994 F1 championship. Simtek Research provided the team with all of the engineering and design of the cars. Wirth went on to become Chief Designer for the Benetton F1 team from 1996 to 1999.

    As part of its application to compete in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, Manor has agreed an engine supply deal with Cosworth.
  5. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    It's good to see they apparently have an experienced Aerodynamicist, as it's such a vital part of the current breed of F1 car. Get that wrong and you're nowhere. How the car will look after it's tyres remains to be seen
  6. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Looks like I was a little too sceptical, as they are now called Virgin Racing! The car's a looker in black and red livery.

    Not a bad driver line up either with Timo Glock and Lucas Di Grassi

    Vitantonio Liuzzi has a seat with Force India
  7. StellaJohnson

    StellaJohnson Active Member

    I suppose you will be supporting them Rob as they are from your neck of the woods??

    Never thought south yorkshire would be the captital of the racing world!
  8. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    He'll fit into F1 just fine then.....

  9. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Should have gone to Renault ;-)
  10. b-flatcharlie

    b-flatcharlie Member

  11. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Very attractive looking livery I agree :)
  12. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Indeed, it does look very pretty. Kind of old-school, like the Jaguar Cosworths of the late 90s/early noughties.

    Just a shame that lotus F! doesn't actually have anything to do with the Lotus of Colin Chapman lineage....
  13. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Very true Andi, all they've done is bought the rights to the name "Lotus" and are based at Sepang in Malaysia. Got two experienced drivers with Trulli and Kovalainen but I have a sneaky suspicion they won't fare that well this year. Still, the car's a decent bit of eye candy if nothing else :)
  14. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Does Sepang feature on the F1 calendar? If so, they should be quick round there if nothing else!!

    I know it's been a popular fixture for MotoGP and WSB for many a year, and a useful winter testing venue for both.
  15. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Yes it does Andi, has been for the last 5 years or so. It was the first I think of the modern Hermann Tielke designed circuits.
  16. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

  17. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Oopsie lol!

    Can't say as I rate Heikki tbh
  18. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Neither do lotus now....

    Things warming up nicely for the new motoGP season as well. Back to proper size engines so real men can ride them, rather than just sticking the tiniest rider available on the back of them because there's an instant advantage in it. (Dani Pedrosa anyone?)

    Which reminds me. Does F1 have an all-up wieght restriction (ie: car and driver together) or is it just the car?

    I've wondered this because every motorcycle racing formula anywhere has an all-up limit.... except motoGP! And that's really puzzled me....
  19. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Yes it's 600kg all in. Car, driver, fuel.

    That's why you see them getting weighed afterwards and they pick up loose rubber efter make sure they're not underweight. Honda/Button got disqualified once for being underweight
  20. Paddy Flower

    Paddy Flower Active Member

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