The new GP3/16 race car was revealed in Monza on the eve of the final European grand prix of the season, giving teams and drivers an early glimpse of the car to be campaigned in the F1 support series next year.

The GP3/16 features a brand new naturally-aspirated 3.4-litre V6 Mecachrome race engine which is a bespoke design for the series, producing 400hp. In addition, the third generation car also has a new aerodynamics package designed to facilitate overtaking, with a revised nose section among the key visual modifications that organisers hope will raise the expectations of the series and improve on an already highly competitive formula.

On a safety angle, the front and rear impact structures have been designed to match the latest F1 2015 safety standards, while a newly-designed monocoque will help accommodate taller drivers.

"I am very pleased with this new generation car," GP3 Series CEO Bruno Michel commented, "There were three key areas we focused on during the design phase of our new car. Firstly, we have designed a car that will encourage overtaking thanks to new aerodynamics which will enhance the racing and provide even more entertainment. Moreover, we have worked on finding solutions to limit operational costs, again in order to provide an attractive package to our teams. Finally, the GP3/16 car matches the latest F1 safety standards which is something we're always highly focused on.

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"We're convinced that the way we've positioned the GP3/16 is the right one for the next three seasons and will continue to attract drivers and teams whose ambition is to reach the pinnacle of motorsport."

The GP3/16 has undergone five days of development testing to date; firstly at the Magny-Cours track in France and then followed by the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The teams will receive the delivery of the new car in early 2016.

"I think it looks very aggressive," reigning GP3 Series champion Alex Lynn noted, "It's up to current F1 aesthetics, which is very positive, and it looks like a very pretty car, so it should be good to watch on track.

"I have to say I thought the last GP3 chassis I was in was the best one so far for being a taller driver. It's certainly a good thing if we can get the taller drivers lower into the car and accommodate them even better. GP3 is a great series to progress to GP2 and beyond, and has produced drivers who have reached F1 so it's clearly working. I would love to drive the GP3/16 car if there was ever an opportunity."