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A1 Grand Prix goes V8

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08/06/2004

The A1 Grand Prix series will receive a power boost in the form of a V8 engine following a deal finalised between His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum and Zytek Engineering.

"We took several factors into consideration when making the final decision on the specification of the engine. It made sense to use a V8 at reduced power levels to obtain the required 550bhp as opposed to taking a V6 to its limits and compromising reliability. In Zytek we have proven reliability, service history and the ability to customize the power plant to our exact specifications" said Stephen Watson, General Manager of A1 Grand Prix.

Tenders were invited from six engine manufacturers and, after several meetings and analysing all the data, it was obvious that Zytek Engineering were best placed to manufacture the new 3.4 litre A1 Grand Prix V8 engine. The power plant will be a modern 90 degree all aluminium V8, which will assist with the overall weight distribution and centre of gravity of the A1 GP cars.

When Sheikh Maktoum announced this deal in Dubai today he said: "Since our launch at the end of March we have had an amazing worldwide response from groups and individuals wanting to be involved in the series. I listened to what was said and the logical choice for us was a bespoke 3.4 litre, 90 degree V8. We asked Langford Performance Engineering, who supplied the unit for our prototype car, and five other companies to tender for the V8 contract. A partnership with Zytek's one-stop-shop made both operational and business sense. I want to thank Dick Langford for the work his company did on the V6 engine for the prototype car."

Zytek has an enviable reputation for supplying engines and technical expertise to championships. The company has been the sole supplier of engines to the FIA F3000 International Championship since 1996, but has been involved with competitors in the series since 1989.

Following the conclusion of the new deal John Manchester, Operations Director Zytek Engineering, said: "Zytek is extremely privileged to have been appointed as the manufacturer of A1 Grand Prix's racing engine. The World Cup of Motorsport will be very prestigious, involving participants representing up to 80% of the worlds population and to be supplying engines and electronics on such a global scale is a fantastic opportunity. We see this as a perfect partnership and with 10 years experience of supplying engines and electronics to single make racing formulae we can help create what will be a world class racing series".

A major announcement to disclose details of the first franchise holders will be made by mid summer.

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