The new Virgin Racing Formula One team, one of the sport’s four new entrants for the 2010 FIA Formula One
A busy schedule lies ahead, much like the one that has taken the VR-01 from dream to reality in the space of just 10 months.
Nick Wirth’s design team at Wirth Research in Bicester, UK, started putting the basic layout of
the VR-01 together in the early part of 2009 in order to hit the ground running should the team’s 2010 entry be successful.
12 days after the team was accepted into the Championship, the design of the monocoque
surfaces was locked down and a race against time was underway.
The established F1 teams had a significant head start, not least because they had the obvious advantage of evolution, whereas Wirth Research designed the VR-01, quite literally, from a blank computer screen.
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Virgin Racing, is set to compete with the smallest budget in Formula 1 when the team makes it debut in 2010.
The newcomers held a launch to hail its arrival in the sport overnight, presenting drivers Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi to the media in addition to confirming its Virgin branding, which the team professed was F1’s worst kept secret.
Branson made a splash earlier this year when he inked a sponsorship deal with dual title winners Brawn GP, sparking his interest in F1.
While Brawn’s success subsequently priced Branson out, the world renowned entrepreneur leapt at the opportunity to partner Manor Grand Prix and become a naming rights sponsor.
See Attached Video pf the promo of the entry in to the 2010 Formula One Season.