N.Technology successfully concluded its first test with the Speedcar Series in Dubai with drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi, Bertrand Baguette, Fabrizio Gollin and Gianni Morbidelli sharing evaluation duties over two days.
Each of the four drivers gave important feedback to the team, ranging from the main parameters of the car to its behaviour on new and used tyres, enabling N.Technology to find the right set-up quickly.
Formula 1 drivers Liuzzi and Morbidelli concentrated on defining the main geometry set-up as well as the optimum springs and bars choices on the car whilst World Series by Renault's Baguette worked on the breaking distribution and tyre use with 2008 FIA GT Vice-Champion Gollin.
"We worked closely with the Speedcar Series staff and are pleased with the way this first test went," said N.Technology Technical Director Marco Calovolo. "Both the Series organisation and our drivers worked extremely hard to ensure the two days were a success.
"We were especially pleased with Bertrand Baguette's performance. It was his first time in a Speedcar Series car, with just World Series by Renault and GP2 Series experience, and he was able to match the times of Formula 1 drivers such as Jean Alesi and Johnny Herbert as well as our own F1 drivers Morbidelli and Liuzzi."
Gianni Morbidelli with Vitantonio Liuzzi (left to right)
N.Technology will now evaluate the opportunity presented by the Speedcar Series, once the final 2008 World Touring Car Championship event, taking place in Macau this weekend, is completed. The team will run drivers James Thompson and André Couto in two Honda Accord Euro R Super 2000s.
Speedcar Series Dubai test (Unofficial Timings)
Driver Day 1 Day 2
Jean Alesi 1:42.501 1:41.611
HH Frentzen 1:43.408 1:42.100
Johnny Herbert 1:43.140 1:42.453
Fabrizio Gollin 1:42.683Gianni Morbidelli 1:43.688 1:42.793
Uwe Alzen 1:42.821
Chris Buncombe 1:46.573 1:42.831
Paul Tracy 1:43.978 1:43.355
Hasher Al Maktoum 1:43.473
Christian Jones 1:43.734 1:43.687Bertrand Baguette 1:44.193 1:44.001
James Grunwell 1:48.308 1:44.167
Vitantonio Liuzzi 1:45.011 1:44.906
Marcel Tiemann 1:45.078
Alex Yoong 1:45.144
Sakon Yamamoto 1:47.761 1:45.784
Alessandro Nannini 1:46.084
Khalid Al Zarouni 1:47.107
Karim Al Azhari 1:48.988Laurent Steiger 1:55.328 1:49.021
Eric Charles 1:49.512