The Formula Master season may have only ended six weeks ago but plenty of work is already taking place to ensure the Series delivers even greater racing in 2009. The Formula Master car features in the intended changes, with a new update kit planned for 2009.
The newly-developed kit will include a new engine cover, featuring a more pronounced dorsal fin similar to the latest Formula 1 concept. The updated design will offer a more streamlined profile, granting better aerodynamics and a cleaner air flow to the car's rear wings.
In addition, new aerodynamics will include a redesigned rear wing with a new rear lower main plane featuring different side plates fittings, giving an increased rigidity to the whole package. The update will also include two new side plates to reduce turbulence from the wing and facilitate overtaking manoeuvres.
Air brake ducts will be introduced to render the braking system more efficient in high temperatures, as expected at the 2009 Hungaroring rounds, and to introduce a new technical aspect for teams and drivers.
Drivers will have to learn how to work with braking and the discs' temperature distribution, as well as provide their teams with feedback on air brake blanking. This will give the Series' young racers the chance to learn further skills for the higher steps of their motorsport careers.
A new exhaust system 4-2-1 is also planned, combined with new engine software, which will contribute towards increasing power at low/mid revs and provide better torque.
The 2009 Formula Master car
The kit aims to enhance the car's performance as well as align it to the latest Formula 1 designs. Once updated for 2009, the Formula Master car is expected to be one second a lap faster than its 2008 version.
The official 2009 testing calendar will be announced soon with the first official test session set to take place on 1-2 March in Valencia, Spain. The testing schedule will be made up of five two-day sessions on the most demanding tracks featured on the Series' 2009 racing calendar.
Formula Master's has delivered some of Europe's best racing since its debut in 2007 with the Series' concept of offering young, aspiring drivers the chance to establish themselves on an international stage proving a great success already.
· Two events with Formula 1
· Six event with WTCC
· Only series to partner two FIA world championships for all its rounds
· Eight events - 16 races
· Eight European destinations
· Both races broadcast on the Eurosport platform with Sunday races live on Eurosport International
· Test with the Honda Racing F1 team for the winner
N.Technology race car
· Formula Master Honda K20A engine (250 HP)
· Light-weight body (560 kg including driver)
· Magneti Marelli hydraulic gearbox control system with gearbox and clutch paddles
· Magneti Marelli ECU Marvel 8 (version 2008), which includes data acquisition
· First car in the world to secure 2008 FIA F3 homologation
· Control tyres by Yokohama
· 684,000 attending spectators
· 66 drivers - 23 countries
· Inaugural race at Valencia, Spain on 19 May 2007
· Youngest race winner Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Alan Racing
· 2007 Champion Jérôme D'Ambrosio (BEL), Cram Competition
· 2008 Champion Chris van der Drift (NZL), JD Motorsport