Car & Engine
The 750-horsepower, V-12 powered Superleague Formula car hit the track for the first time at Donington Park, UK, in March 2008
Produced and designed by Elan Motorsport Technologies - renowned as the largest manufacturer of race cars in the world - Superleague Formula's 20, V12-engined, 750bhp single-seater race cars are designed to provide spectacle by encouraging close, competitive racing and to challenge some of the world's best professional racing drivers.
The car's bespoke-designed V12 engine provides a noise like no other and excites and astounds fans in equal measure. Drivers can also deploy a push-to-pass button eight times per race giving them an extra 50bhp, ensuring multiple overtaking opportunities at every round.
With its excellent facilities, specialist manufacturing experience and delivery record, Élan Motorsport Technologies from Atlanta, Georgia USA is responsible for the development of the Superleague Formula car design and chassis.
As a multi-car manufacturer in the single-seater and sports car world, Élan currently manufactures cars for Indianapolis, Indy Racing League and Champcar, as well as other domestic and international championships.
Primarily designed to provide real spectacle, the Superleague Formula high-performance chassis is built on a two-metre wide track, with under-body aerodynamics to create increased overtaking opportunities.
|PANOZ SUPERLEAGUE DP09B CAR SPECS|
|Overall car width to wheel rim||2.000mm|
|Total Length||4600 mm (tbc)|
|Max Height||995 mm|
|Front Wing Width||1400 mm|
|Rear Wing Width||1000 mm|
|Bodywork Width||1400 mm|
|Weight Target||750 kg|
|Cooling Configuration||Aluminium welded radiators, Oil RHS / Water LHS
|Oil Tank||Aluminium swirl pot onto cast tank in gearbox bellhousing|
|Bell Housing||Aluminium casting integral with Hewland gearbox|
|Clutch||AP (UK) triple plate carbon clutch to suit standing starts (diameter 115 mm)|
|Fuel System||ATL (UK) FIA FT5 kevlar fuel cell. Capacity approx 150 Litres|
|Pumps||Twin electric lift pumps, and two Bosch (Germany) high pressure electric pump|
|Exhausts||SSTube Tech (UK). Inconel six-into-one per side, top exit|
|Gearbox||Hewland (UK) LSFA semi-auto Longitudinal 6-speed with reverse cast Aluminium casing. Powerflow Diff|
|Gear Change||Hewland paddle shift system (pneumatic)|
|Calipers||Brembo (ITALY) 6-piston monobloc aluminium caliper|
|Discs and pads||Brembo CCR300 carbon-carbon disc|
|Front Suspension||Steel/Carbon wishbones and steel pushrod to twin shocks. Driver adjustable front ARB|
|Steering||Titan (UK) made rack and pinion (cast magnesium housing). Bespoke quick release carbon fibre steering wheel designed jointly by Menard Technologies and Pi Research specifically for the SF Championship|
|Rear Suspension||Steel aero tube wishbones and pushrod to twin shocks. Adjustable rear ARB. Pank (Austria) drive shafts and tripods|
|Uprights||Panoz designed steel fabricated uprights|
|Hubs||Panoz designed, Pankl (Austria) manufactured|
|Data||Pi Research (Cambridge)|
|Bodywork||Composite carbon fibre, made by Panoz|
Founded in 1997, the US-based Élan Motorsports Technologies set out to acquire and cultivate the best technical, manufacturing and design experts under one roof.
Today, EMT is comprised of a number of units working in tandem as one of the world’s leading motorsports technology companies.
Well-versed in working with race teams and series around the world, including Star Mazda, American Le Mans Series, Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series.
Superleague Formula has created an innovative and world class business model that calls for a premier open wheel race car, said David Bowes, CEO, Elan Motorsport Technologies.
Elan Motorsport Technologies has established a reputation as the premier constructor of open wheel race cars, and so this promises to be an exciting match. We are delighted and honored that Superleague Formula has selected Elan to construct and service their chassis and we look forward to joining their team of technology partners.
EMT is recognised as one of the leading authorities of carbon composite technology, Élan Composites specialises in manufacturing highly advanced patterns, moulds and components for both motorsport and aerospace industries.
The Panoz-branded Superleague Formula chassis has been developed by chief designer Simon Marshall and chief aerodynamicist Nick Alcock - the men behind the Indy 500 successes and new-for-2007 Panoz Champ Car World Series chassis.
As a race car designer you are rarely given the opportunity to design such a high calibre race car from a clean sheet of paper, said Nick Alcock, EMT Chief Aerodynamicist.
The Superleague Formula have a very clear vision of exactly how a race car should perform, look and sound, a vision shared by the EMT design team who are very excited about this project.
In 2006 EMT became the first ever racecar constructor to be awarded the ISO 9001:2000 certification, applicable to the design, development and manufacturing of race cars, engines and composite components.
Powerful and reliable, with an impressive noise like no other, the 750bhp engine is brand new and unique design comes in a V12 configuration and 4.2 litre capacity.
Built and designed by MCT, the V12 design, as well as being at the forefront of contemporary engine design philosophy, is one that will excite crowds across the world by bringing the music and noise of the track to mix with the football-inspired fervour of the grandstands.
Engine Technical Data
A compact 4.2 litre V12, weighing in at just 140 kilos and less than 700mm in length has been designed for Superleague Formula, producing 750 horsepower at the flywheel.
|No of Cylinders||12|
|Configuration||60 degrees V formation|
|Peak Power||750bhp @ 11,750 rpm|
|Peak Torque||510 N/M 9,500 10,500|