GP3 – Raising Brand Awareness, Part 4

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iberian mph dot com is coming back to life after a small computer glitch… I give you exclusive Q&A with Didier Perrin, ‘the brains behind GP3 cars’ or GP2 and GP3 Series Technical Director… I somehow managed to produce statements to which Didier kindly found great answers!

Q: Just looking at the new GP3/13 car you can tell the difference…

DP: Well, the idea was to make the car look a bit more sexy and to have the kind of look that F1 cars have, basically. Also, to make it (look) closer to GP2 because you always have GP2 after F1, so we wanted the car to have a family aspect, as well, with the GP2, its elder sister.

Q: I guess we can say the car is more attractive…

DP: Yeah, the car is longer, the wheelbase is 100 millimetres longer than the current car, so it contributes, as well, to the car being more attractive.

Q: And a more powerful engine…

DP: Yes! A lot more! Because we go from 280 bhp to 400 bhp, it’s a big step and the engine sounds definitely better, so the car, overall, is more sexy! The old engine was developed originally by Renault F1, but this engine, the new one, is developed by AER (Advanced Engine Research) in England. It’s a totally different engine; the previous one was a 2-litre turbo, this one is a 3.4-litre atmospheric V6.

Q: It’s kinda funny, you know, with F1 switching to turbo engines soon and you’re taking a different path…

DP: In fact, we have to be very careful on the operating costs (front) and we have to find a solution to make the car’s performance go up, but with the same operating costs (window), so it’s not that easy to manage. From day 1, the operating cost has been a very big and important priority for us because it matters for the drivers, the teams – it means we really have to take care (of this stuff), so when we wanted extra 100 horsepower we had a look around to find an engine that would deliver that amount of power and suit a small single-seater, and the best we found was this V6 developed by AER. Basically, at the beginning we didn’t think we’d go for turbo or atmospheric (engine), no, we decided to go for 400 bhp and tried to find the best engine meeting that requirement.

Q: It will probably also contribute to the show…

DP: Yeah, it will! Because the noise of the car, the noise of the previous engine, received the biggest amount of criticism. For sure, with this one – problem solved!

Q: So what’s with the chassis…

DP: The chassis will be just modified or updated by Dallara to fit the new engine. The main modification to the chassis will be improving the driver’s safety, in F1 style. It will be the same kind of panels that are fitted on F1 cars, to prevent any foreign object from penetrating the survival cell, so this is the main modification to the chassis. Basically, the upgrade is the new engine, better safety for the driver and the new outside aspect. We tried to keep as much as we could, keep as many parts as we could, to maintain the cost as low as possible.

Q: And the tyres…

DP: The size of the rims and the size of the tyres will be the same, the specification of the tyre will be slightly different, but not that much.

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