The Formula Gulf 1000 Car – FG11

Going into the 5th season of Formula Gulf 1000 the ever popular FG11 car built by Ralph Firman is still impressing drivers.

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In 1972 Van Diemen was created by Ralph, during his tenure, some 5000 single seater and sports racing cars were produced and his Duckhams/Van Diemen Formula Ford team was the starting point for many successful drivers – amongst the most notable being Ayrton Senna and Eddie Irvine. (There was a period when 7 drivers in F1 had started their racing in a Van Diemen chassis.

Stepping down in 2004, he persued other interests until 2008 when he decided to return to the sport he loved, forming a new company,RFR, and building a new state-of-the-art FG11 car that is used in Formula Gulf 1000.

DSC 3243 The Formula Gulf 1000 Car   FG11

Chief designer is David Baldwin who began his career at Lotus Components and graduated to chief designer where, amongst other projects, he was instrumental in designing the Lotus 59 and Lotus 69 F2 and F3 cars in the late 1960s. David went onto design for Team Lotus, Ensign F1 and McLaren F1 where he was highly respected for his mechanical engineering design expertise.

Reliability is for most for the GulfSport team running the cars. The mechanics and engineers have experience ranging from Karting to Formula Renault, F3 right up to F1. In the 2012/13 season there were was only 1 DNF due to a mechanical failure from 98 race starts.

GulfSport Racing who run Formula Gulf 1000 have run 60 Races and many tests and the car is proving very fast and reliable. it was the aim to use a car that was placed interns of power and grip between F. BMW and F. Renault 2.0 and feed back from our drivers that have driven in both formula agree that this is very much the case.

Another important part of specifying a race car for a Single Seater series is to choose a car that has reasonably priced spare parts. The driver pays no extra cost during the season for general running cost items (brakes, engine oil, bearings etc), but they do have to pay for any damage to the car. Commonly you will see a front wing get damaged on a single seater, but our prices for parts are about 25% of what you would pay for a similar part on a F.FBM for FR2000.

DSC 3244 The Formula Gulf 1000 Car   FG11

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See the FG11 in action from one of the race events this season at Yas Marina Circuit.