The Formula Renault 3.5 championship has been rebranded Formula 3.5 V8 after Renault's withdrawal from the series.

After the 2015 season drew to a close at Jerez plans for next season have surfaced from series promoter RPM Racing with the championship name changing to Formula 3.5 V8.

RPM Racing has announced the provisional calendar for 2016 with featured rounds including trips to Aragon, Hungaroring, Spa, Paul Ricard, Silverstone, Red Bull Ring, Monza, Barcelona before finishing in Jerez.

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The rebranded series begins life post-Renault - who pulled its support from the series at the end of the 2015 season - at a first test this week at Jerez, starting on Tuesday, two days after the final race of the season.