It’s just you, a seat, a smattering of carbon fibre and a 3.5 litre V6 engine inches from your head. Formula Renault 3.5 is where playtime ends and serious racing begins. At this level you are but a stones throw from getting into the cockpit of a Formula One car. In this machine your skills are tested at every opportunity and loosing focus for just a split second will result in a loss of track position and possibly not being able to drive back to the pit lane.
Aerodynamics plays a key role in making these extraordinary machines capable of changing direction almost as fast as any other land-based machine. Driving these cars on the limit is a necessity to maintain tyre and brake temperatures. The seemingly never ending howl of these creatures is almost as potent and bewildering as the rate that they travel.
Win this championship and F1 is but an open door…
Though these cars are impressive in 2011 spec, next year sees the introduction of DRS (Drag Reduction System) as well as a more powerful 530BHP V8 engine.