World Series by Renault, 3.5

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Introduction

The World Series Formula Renault 3.5 was born in 2005 out of the merger between the Eurocup Formula Renault V6 and the World Series by Nissan. Renault Sport Technologies and its partner RPM then took over the organisation of the championship, under the guise of the World Series by Renault. In total, 13 two-car teams are invited to compete on the series by the organising committee.

Evolution

From 2005 to 2007, Formula Renault 3.5 has marked itself out as one of the primary routes to Formula 1 – with Robert Kubica, Markus Winkelhock and Sebastian Vettel amongst the recent graduates. New Formula Renault 3.5 is tasked with continuing this legacy from 2008 to 2010.

Design

New Formula Renault 3.5 incorporates the latest aerodynamic technology to appear on Formula 1 cars in recent years. Ground effect has been optimised through the use of a raised nose and a concave front wing. Chassis builders Dallara have carried out several wind tunnel tests in order to develop and refine the aerodynamic performance of the all-new car.

Engine

Renault Sport Technologies and Solution F have developed a new version of the V6 3.5 24v unit already seen in Formula Renault 3.5, using ‘flexfuel’ technology. Consequently, New Formula Renault 3.5 can use SP98 petrol or E85 bioethanol. With E85, power will peak at 500bhp. This power hike does not affect reliability, with engine overhauls still taking place just once every 4,500km.

Safety

As the imposing rear crash-box shows, safety has made another step forwards. New Formula Renault 3.5 is designed to comply with F1 standard safety legislation.

Formula1

New Formula Renault 3.5 is intended to prepare drivers for the highest level of motorsport. There are several similarities to Formula 1 : carbon brakes, a semi-automatic gearbox, left-foot braking, adjustable set-up and aerodynamic parameters, and pit stops.

Practicality

In order to keep costs down, many components on the existing Formula Renault 3.5 car are interchangeable with those on the new car – such as the gearbox and rear suspension, carbon brakes, wheels, and the Magneti Marelli electronic management system.

Car

Technical Data

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Date of Creation : 2005
Chassis : Carbon-fibre monocoque
Engine : 6 cylinders 3498 cc 24 valves
Max Power : 425 bhp at 8250 rpm
Tare/Weight : 600 kg
Max Speed : 300 khp
Gearbox : 6 forward speed reverse dog-clutch

Point Scoring

2009 Season Teams

2009 Season Calendar

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