If you're looking for a new motorsport challenge after a few seasons of karting, FORS grid races, or even the Toyota Vios Cup, then 2018 will be an interesting year for you.
The Tuason Racing School has just announced that they are starting a new series next year; a motorsport program called Formula V1 that will serve as a stepping stone into more advanced international competition.
"We really wanted to provide experienced drivers with a new, faster, and even more competitive series to race in, and we at TRS know Formula V1 can be just that," said Mr. JP Tuason, founder of the Tuason Racing School. "This series will serve as the next step for those who want to race abroad."
The series will use single seater formula cars sourced from West Race Cars, an independent manufacturer headquartered near the Suzuka Circuit in Japan. Each car is built to a single specification with a mid-mounted 1.5-liter Toyota 1NZ motor with a 5-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels. Yes it's the same engine found in the Vios/Yaris, albeit rear wheel drive.
The Formula V1 features a tubular steel frame with an aerodynamic fiberglass body. The car's 530 kilogram curb weight and 110 horsepower rating gives it a power to weight ratio of 207 horsepower per tonne. Also, the use of fiberglass and tubular steel means repairs are simple, ensuring that teams will have cars that are easy and inexpensive to repair.
The equal spec means what matters will be the driver's skill, while the fully adjustable nature of the suspension means team's ability to set up the car for the track will be vital to success.
Each car will be imported by TRS directly from Japan and is open for purchase for anyone wishing to compete that meets the right experience.
The Formula V1 will retail for around PhP 2.1 million. That price will include some free gear, including a racing suit and entry fees for four races next season. JP Tuason is aiming for a grid of 20 competitors and a four-race season with three sprint events and an endurance event.