Women-only Race Series Launched in Europe
A women-only race series will start in spring 2019 with entrants driving mechanically identical single-seater racing cars provided by W Series powered by efficient 1.8-litre turbocharged engines.
W Series, a new international women-only single-seater motor racing series, is aiming to attract the world’s best female drivers, to fast-track women to Formula 1, and, ultimately, find the world’s first female Formula 1 champion.
Since motorsport remains one of the last sports heavily dominated by men, not only behind the wheel but in the pit-lane, garage, workshop and laboratory, W Series aims not only to promote female drivers but also to encourage girls and women into engineering and science careers and to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in schools, colleges and universities.
The new series, which begins in May next year, will feature six races at circuits across Europe.
The drivers will race cutting-edge but mechanically identical single-seater racing cars provided by W Series, powered by efficient 1.8-litre turbocharged engines.
The cars will have adjustable aerodynamics and slick tires – similar to today’s pinnacle racers in elite single-seater formulae.
Each car will be fitted with a Formula 1-style ‘HALO’ safety device and will provide the highest level of driver protection possible.
Although W Series is free to enter, each driver will have to earn her place on the grid, via a variety of pre-selection programs, including simulator appraisals, fitness trials, media training and on-track testing, refining the applicants to a total of just 20 for the season.
Judges will include former Formula 1 star David Coulthard, legendary Formula 1 design engineer Adrian Newey, and hugely experienced Formula 1 team manager Dave Ryan.
With a total prize fund of US$1.5 million for its debut season (2019), W Series has already generated great anticipation among female racing drivers from many different disciplines, from Formula 3 and Formula 2 to GT, rally, NASCAR and Aussie V8 Supercars.
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