International Formula 3000
The International Formula 3000 Championship (English: FIA Formula 3000 International Championship ) was a racing series for Formula One racing car that became the successor of the hitherto existing Formula 2 Championship for the 1985 season. The 3000 stands for the engine capacity of 3000 cc. As of the 2005 season, it was replaced by the GP2 Series.
The first championship race was held at Silverstone on 24 March 1985. This year, eleven races and an invitation race in Willemstad on Curaçao were held. First European champion was the German Christian Danner.
1995 Judd returned after luckless years in Formula 1 Formula 3000 back. When the series was changed in 1996 in a brand formula, they were tasked to deliver the unit motors of the type Judd KV. The maintenance of the engines and taking care of the team was taken over by Zytek, under whose name the engines were also marketed. After the end of the championship, the engines were used as a basis for the aggregates of the A1GP. The chassis came from Lola. As of 1996, the type T96/50, used from 1999, the B99/50 and B02/50 from 2002.
The races were held in 1997 as part of the Formula 1 weekends. In the 2000s, the starting fields fell sharply, so the championship was terminated at the end of the 2004 season. Your succeeded by the GP2 Series. Despite the decline of the championship a few championships are held according to the rules of the Formula 3000 until today ( 2009).
2002-2004 uniform chassis type Lola B02/50 were used. They were typical seaters with a monocoque made of carbon. The total weight of the vehicle was at 540 kg. The engine with its 3000 cc displacement mobilized about 330 kW. This coupled with a sequential Sechsganggetrieb allowed a maximum speed of almost 300 km / h The tires were from Avon and had the dimensions 240/600 ( front ) and 330/620 ( rear axle).