TEAM NEWS: LitespeedF3 enters the F3 championship this weekend, following testing at Snetterton on Friday.
It’s easy to throw money at a dream – boy racer has aspirations, so let’s find a backer – but LitespeedF3 - the ‘new boys on the block’ - bring credibility and a serious attitude to F3. Nino Judge (MD) and Steve Kenchington (Technical Director) have 25 years of race experience, be it technical, engineering or race specific between them, up to and including Formula 1.
For these reasons alone a person might take note, but factor into the equation that both men are ex Lotus formula 1, have bankrolled their F3 position themselves and now have Callum Macleod - winner of the 2007 British Formula Ford Championship by a record margin & arguably the most talented driver not in F3 - driving for them. Maybe now one can recognise why there is such a ‘buzz’ around this team.
‘Callum Macleod is one of the UK's most promising up and coming motor-sport talents. He complements what we, as a team, are looking to achieve both in the short and long term.’ Said Judge. ‘We’re open and honest about what we do – at the end of the day we want to win so we will dedicate resources, personnel and of course technical know-how to making things happen.’
So who doesn’t say this? Anyone trying to fly the flag of a new team might throw out these star qualities – if they could back it up. Whether they can produce the goods on the day is a different matter. So, lets talk technical:
Litespeed F3’s R1 racing car was born in 2005 from a pure engineering base with no compromise and delivered by the ATR Group, which was specifically responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Porsche Carrera GT, the Ferrari Enzo, and the Bugatti Veyron.
The skill of its creators lay in producing literally the world’s best sports, road, and racing cars by applying revolutionary design techniques and innovations, which, in the case of Litespeed’s R1, has created potentially the best F3 racing car on the grid.
In 2006, Litespeed’s R1 underwent a full aero upgrade, which produced phenomenal results particularly on high-speed tracks such as Nurburgring in Germany, where it attained pole position. By having autonomy on suspension geometry and layout, Litespeed’s R1 also has a slow-speed cornering advantage over most F3 cars due to its set-up capabilities.
The racing car’s un-compromised carbon fibre lightweight design and minimal frontal area therefore means it pushes the aerodynamic envelope, giving unrivalled racing speed and handling.
This may be a cost-effective and reliable racing car, capable of race results – be it today or tomorrow – but for today the most important message is that ‘we are here and we will make an impact’.
At the end of the day results speak clearer than words, but what is clear is that F3 is open to a major challenge by a ‘new player’ - that player being one with technological savvy, credibility and a will to win. Maybe not something to ignore ……….