Formula V1 Flags Off Next Season
Tuason Racing School (TRS), the longest-running and most comprehensive racing institute in the country recently unveiled its next step in rebuilding the country’s motorsport ladder with the introduction of the Formula V1 series.
Formula V1 is a single-seater, kit racecar that is assembled in the Philippines in partnership with West Race Cars Japan. The kit racecar is a 530-kilogram tubular steel frame reinforced with aluminum panels, which is fitted with a 1.5-liter, 110 horsepower engine that can run speeds over 200 kph.
With over 200 units already in production, the same kit racecars are widely used racing series’ across Japan, Taiwan and China.
Based in Suzuka, Japan, West Race Cars, has over 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of race kit cars. The outfit is run by Seijiro Kamitami, who is a race engineer, and his wife, who is a Formula 3 racer.
Formula V1 is intended for intermediate drivers with advance racing experience: racers who have graduated from grassroots race programs; and for experienced racers to comeback into the sport. The kit cars were specifically designed to be a cost-effective means of motorsport by localizing some of the race components to make racing more accessible.
Initially, TRS plans to run four legs of the series, which will include both sprint and endurance racing for the 2018 season. The series will debut in 2018 in synergy with the different race series and programs in the country.
“Our plan is to align with all the racing programs in the country to create a unified development with everyone enjoying a mutual gain,” said TRS boss JP Tuason. “We all need to work together to complete our dreams for the racing Filipinos,” Tuason added.
TRS, which is now on its 19th year, was founded by the husband and wife team of JP and Jeanette Tuason. Since its inception, TRS has envisioned of growing motorsport in the country. In the Early 2000s, the Philippines experienced its peak by having a complete motorsports ladder available in the country to make globally competitive racers, thanks to the efforts of motorsports visionaries such as Johnny Tan and Ed Peña. A big number of Filipinos participated in the different motorsport disciplines including Karting, Touring Cars and Formula series, both locally and abroad. Unfortunately, due to economic factors, motorsports in the country took a steep decline.
Come 2014, the Toyota Vios Cup was staged by Toyota Motor Philippines as it renewed its commitment to Philippine Motorsports. With almost 70 cars on the grid, the Toyota Vios Cup is now one of the biggest racing events in the Asian Region.
Organized by TRS the grassroots one-make race series has rekindled the Filipino’s love for racing. From karting champions, politicians, celebrities, gentlemen racers and car enthusiasts, the participants put their helmets on four times a year to fulfill their racing dreams. With the Formula V1 Series, TRS aims to provide these drivers the next step in motorsport that is more exciting yet still affordable.
A Formula V1 kit racecars costs just over P2 million, which already includes the racing fees needed for an entire racing season.