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The new Jag

Jaguar Racing unveiled their new 2003 contender, the R4 during an world first online launch this morning. The traditional green livery was prominently displayed in all its glory as a virtual community of fans and world wide media watched on.

Building on lessons learned in 2002 with the R3, this season's challenger is more of a conventional and less adventurous design than last year's. The R4 project was led by Dave Pitchforth (Managing Director, Jaguar Racing) and designed by Ben Agathangelou (Head of Aerodynamics), Rob Taylor (Head of Vehicle Design) and Dr. Mark Gillan (Head of Vehicle Performance).

We learned an awful lot of lessons last season from the R3 and even though we began the season with a less than satisfactory race car, we actually finished the season with a sound platform that has benefited some areas on R4, explained David Pitchforth. With that in mind, we have not taken a radical approach to R4. Some would say that we have gone back to basics but overall, we have opted for a conventional, low risk and robust design with the aim being to show lineage to the successful modifications to the R3 and best engineering practice. We focused on absolutely everything to ensure that we contest the season with a race car that is capable of being competitive and finishing races reliably. It sounds obvious, I know, but that's not how Jaguar Racing began last season and by the time we had worked out the problems with R3, most of the season had passed us by.

For this season, we have targeted maximum and continuous aerodynamic downforce development and efficiency whilst maintaining the balance capability of the package. Ben Agathangelou has undertaken some very diligent work in this area and the benefits of our own windtunnel are paying dividends. Ben's experience and process-led approach has helped us generate a significantly clearer path towards our end target on downforce something that is on- going throughout the season. It is fair to say however, that we didn't extract the maximum from the Michelin rubber last year and given the competitive edge that tyres have to offer in this business, we have worked very closely with Michelin to better understand the issues we needed to address on R4.

The Jaguar R4 will benefit from the brand new Cosworth CR-5 V10 engine in 2003. It is the first time Cosworth has raced with a 90- degree engine layout and the key benefit as opposed to a 72-degree engine is improving the centre of gravity. As the most successful engine builder in Formula One history, Cosworth Racing will continue to develop the CR-5 V10 engine over the course of the season. Nick Hayes, Managing Director at Cosworth Racing takes up the engine story:

The reason we've gone to 90 degrees for 2003 is in the interests of improving the centre of gravity (C of G) and I have to say we've achieved a very significant step for 2003 in terms of lowering the C of G. And not all of that improvement has come about via the wider V angle, either. Rob White [chief engineer, Cosworth Racing] and his team have done a fabulous job a lot of good, clever design in repositioning various items in order to help lower the C of G, to be honest. But that's normal; every time we design a new engine, we look very hard at the V angle because, by and large, the wider you make the V angle, the lower you make the centre of gravity; and the lower you make the centre of gravity, the better you make the car's dynamics.

I'm not going to quote precise figures for CR-5, but I can tell you that it's the highest-revving engine Cosworth Racing has ever built. High rpm is a good thing for the simple reason that it gives you more bangs per minute which in turn provides more power; more top- end power, that is. But, again, it's a question of compromise because sky- high rpm figures can have a detrimental effect on reliability. There are mechanical limits to components like pistons and connecting rods, too; there's a limit to how fast they can be made to function reliably. And there might be problems with combustion. Valve gear, too. So, as I say, it's a compromise.

The Jaguar R4 was straight-line tested last week Friday at Ford Motor Company's Proving Ground in Lommel, Belgium and will today run for the first time on a Grand Prix circuit at the Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). Jaguar Racing would finally like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to its loyal and steadfast sponsors, HSBC, AT&T, Beck's, EDS, Michelin, DuPont, Castro, HP and all our suppliers who have remained with us through difficult times and who are supporting us as we go forward into the new season.

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Hi I'm back, the new Jag and new Renault look exactly the same as last years - but an update about both of them will follow shortly.
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People in this community are going to have to start updating in here because I wont be able to for a while. Sorry.
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Jordan & Minardi given more money

Jordan and Minardi have been given a lifeline from Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to ensure they are still on the grid at the end of the 2003 season. Ecclestone, along with the other eight teams, has agreed to give the two struggling outfits a larger slice of the television money to the tune of twenty million pounds, ensuring that they don't go down the same path as Arrows and Prost.Jordan GP

It is a well known fact that both teams were struggling to make it to the grid this year with Jordan losing their title sponsor late last season and no one as yet to fill the void. Minardi are also still to announce a title sponsor for 2003, but the new lifeline will put them both in a better bargaining position and guaranteeing the series of 20 cars for every event on the 16 race schedule.

Without this, we would have needed Houdini at his greatest, pulling lots of rabbits out of hats, Eddie Jordan told the Times. This means we can go to sponsors and tell them we are definitely in business. I can now say hand on heart that we are in a position to fight in the championships again.

With surplus money that would have been allocated to Arrows, had they remained, and a new way of dispersing the TV revenue, Jordan and Minardi and of course the fans, can now breathe a great sigh of relief.
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New Jag fail's crash test

According to reports in the Australian press, Jaguar Racing's new R4 has failed its all-important FIA crash test only a week before its official launch. The new contender, that is hoped to see much improved performances at the hands of Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia this season, will now have to undergo another side impact test before it can be raced.

The team are reportedly working overtime to correct the problems that saw it fail, however while this is viewed as a serious set back, it is not the first time a car hasn't come up to the FIA's standards and more than likely won't be the last. This by no means is an indication that they won't be racing the new car in Melbourne.

The Milton Keynes based squad are due to unveil the R4 online through yahoo next Tuesday, the 21st of January, the day after the first of Renault's two official presentations.
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Un-liveried EJ13 out on track!

They may only have one signed driver and are still no closer to announcing just who will fill the final seat on the 2003 Formula One grid, but the Jordan Grand prix team are continuing their progress on the Ford powered EJ13 with Giancarlo Fisichella spending his thirtieth birthday putting the new car through its debut paces on Tuesday.

While no official information about the rollout has been released by the team, including number of laps or times, the Italian driver was definitely at the Silverstone circuit in England yesterday behind the wheel of the un-liveried black EJ13.

The team will head to Spain next Monday, the 20th of January, where they will join other outfits at the Barcelona circuit for a four-day test. Hopefully news of their second driver, title sponsor and launch date will arrive shortly.
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The new Toyota is here!

Panasonic Toyota Racing launched its contender for the 2003 FIA Formula 1 World Championship to around 400 of the world's media at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France today. The TF103 is an evolution of last season's TF102, rather than an innovative or radical new design. It is lighter, generates more downforce and has greater aerodynamic efficiency than its predecessor. It is a product of a design group led by Gustav Brunner and co-ordinated by Keizo Takahashi.

"We have made gains with this car in every area," says Chief Designer Brunner. "I hope that we have come up with a good compromise between building a fast car, but also a reliable one. That is the challenge in Formula 1."

The team has already gathered a lot of information about the TF103, thanks to an intermediary version of the TF102, denoted the TF102B, which has run since September with the 2003-spec engine and seven- speed gearbox. The RVX-03 V10 engine is both lighter and more powerful than the 2002 RVX-02. It has been designed and produced in- house by a technical team overseen by Luca Marmorini.

"We have already tested the RVX-03 in the TF102B interim car and we have already a good feeling about progress made," says Marmorini. "The priority was to reduce the weight of the engine, but at the same time maintain the reliability of last season's RVX-02."

Some structural changes have taken place within the Cologne-based team, which is common practice in the post-season period in F1. The purpose of these changes is to increase the general efficiency of the team's operations as part of Toyota's corporate philosophy of continuous improvement (Kaizen).

Managing Director of Toyota Motor Corporation, Tsutomu Tomita, remains Chairman of Toyota Motorsport, whilst Ove Andersson moves up to the role of Vice-Chairman of the company to assist him. Andersson will concentrate his work at the track, continuing as Team Principal of Panasonic Toyota Racing. British-born John Howett assumes the position of Toyota Motorsport President and will focus on the factory-based business of the team.

"We have re-aligned people's roles rather than made an outright change to the management structure of the team," says Tomita. "We have reflected on what we learnt in year one and we have implemented these changes in order to progress with our F1 challenge with the most efficient structure possible."

Also new for 2003 are race drivers Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta. Olivier joins the team with nine seasons of Formula 1 experience, including one victory. His experience will prove invaluable to the team as it learns about the TF103 and the revised F1 regulations, which includes a notable revision of the qualifying session.

"I have been incredibly impressed with what I have found at Panasonic Toyota Racing," says Panis. "All the basic ingredients are in place for the team to make a big jump up the grid in 2003, but for me to comment further on how much progress we can make, I need to test the new car. Even then we will have to wait until Melbourne to discover where we are in relation to our competitors."

Cristiano da Matta has been a Toyota driver for four years, having raced with a Toyota engine in the American CART series. The 29-year- old Brazilian won the drivers' championship title in 2002 with seven victories and took Toyota to its first manufacturers' title. His arrival in F1 marks the start of an exciting chapter with Toyota.

"I achieved one dream by winning the CART championship in 2002," he says. "Now I have the fresh challenge of Formula 1. I don't want to make any predictions just yet, but driving in F1 is fantastic and, while F1 cars are similar to what I'm used to in the slow-speed corners, they are much faster in the quick corners."

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