Italian sportscar manufacturer Ferrari will design and build
engines for the new A1GP World Cup of Motorsport car,
officials have just announced. A1GP Chairman Tony Teixeira
confirmed that Ferrari will supply the engines, as well as
consult on the design and manufacture of the new A1GP car,
for introduction next season (2008/09), as part of a
six-year deal with the firm.
with Ferrari extends to an exclusive licensing agreement for
all A1GP merchandise to use the Ferrari name and phrase
‘Powered by Ferrari’ from January 2008. Ferrari will also
supply the engines and consult on the design and manufacture
of the chassis for A2GP – a new regional open-wheel feeder
series to A1GP. Testing is scheduled to begin for the series
‘Partnering with a world-class organisation like Ferrari
will officially position A1GP one of the most significant
motorsport series’ in the world.’ A1GP also maintained its
commitment to commercial partners and fans as a principal
factor in confirming the partnership. ‘Ferrari will bring
immense value to our brand and in our opinion there is no
better partner to progress the series,’ added Teixeira. ‘We
will be meeting with our commercial partners over the next
few weeks to discuss the opportunities this partnership
Driving skills and national pride celebrated in the ‘World Cup of Motorsport’
A1GP is the first opportunity in any area of motorsport to compete on
a level playing field. It is a series where technology and innovation are
deliberately equalised, making success dependent on human bravery and pure
driving skill. Team and driver combine to create a performance advantage and the
winning nation raises its flag in celebration.
A1GP is more than just another motorsport phenomenon; it's an entirely new
concept. Pitting driver against driver and country against country for the first
time in history, A1GP brings together 22 nations, representing 80 per cent of
the world's population, to compete as equals, without financial or
A1GP has created a new medium for national and international brands and
organisations to promote themselves on a global scale. Through theA1GP World Cup
of Motorsport, they can join forces with their national teams to become a part of
this unique sporting event.
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport promotes countries and utilises the national
patriotism instilled in every person on the planet not only attracting
traditional motorsport and sporting fans but exciting anyone who is passionate
about their heritage, country and population.
An A1GP event is a fast, exciting, adrenaline fuelled weekend set in a glamorous
and exclusive environment, yet affordable and accessible to all.
With three days of on-track action, an A1GP event offers a rare opportunity for
fans to interact with teams and drivers. Exclusively inclusive, A1GP brings the
thrill of international motorsport to billions of fans across the globe.
The driving skills and national pride celebrated in the ‘World Cup of Motorsport’
A1GP is the first opportunity in any area of motorsport to compete on a level
Ferrari will supply the engines, as well as consult
on the design and manufacture of the new A1GP 'World
Cup of Motorsport' car, set for introduction next
season (2008/09), as part of a six-year deal.
"Ferrari announces it
has reached a technological collaboration agreement
with the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport," said a brief
statement issued in Maranello this morning. "The
agreement covers the supply of engines and
consultancy relating to the designing of the chassis
for the cars that will compete in this series to
2014. The agreement will also be extended to a
second series, the A2GP, for which testing will
begin starting in 2009," the press release added.
Taking in a mix of established world-famous venues, exciting new state-of-the-art
facilities and tight twisty street circuits, A1GP promises to deliver high-speed
action at every turn.
On 30 March
2004, A1 Grand Prix, a brand new concept in international
motorsport was launched to the world’s press at the
prestigious Jumeira Beach hotel in Dubai. Series’ founder
Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum unveiled his vision
for an exciting yet accessible sport where all countries
would compete on a level playing field. From this spark,
grew A1GP, a series with deliberately equalised technology
and national teams, racing their country flag in the A1GP
World Cup of Motorsport.
From March 2004 onwards, Sheikh Maktoum and his business
partner, Tony Teixeira, set about building the team that
would bring this exciting concept to reality. British firms
Lola International and Zytek Engineering were appointed to
develop the chassis and engine respectively, based on the
initial drawings of Sheikh Maktoum himself while US company
Cooper Tires was chosen as the official A1GP tyre supplier.
By July of that year, the first generation of A1GP race cars
was ready to be unveiled. While Sheikh Maktoum focused on
developing every strand of his initial vision, from the
design of the cars, to the look and feel of the website,
tickets, branding and overall consumer experience, Tony
Teixeira set about attracting investors and potential team
Over the following year, 25 national teams were developed
representing countries as diverse in culture and economic
prosperity as they were in their motorsport experience.
Countries such as China and Lebanon would compete against
the likes of the USA, Great Britain and France and with the
launch of each team came the support of high profile sports
stars and successful businessmen alongside world leaders and
After an intense testing programme, the final A1GP race car
was built and August 2005 saw the newly formed A1 Teams take
to the track for the first time. Throughout five days of
testing at both the Silverstone Circuit in the UK and Paul
Ricard HTTT in the South of France, the cars proved fast and
reliable and an exciting spectacle was assured as the time
had come for the first racing season to begin.