The design of the A1 GP prototype, an early version of which was unveiled at the series' glitzy launch in Dubai at the end of March, has now been finalised ahead of an intensive test programme due to begin in the coming months.

Since the launch, work behind the scenes has been fast and furious, with extensive windtunnel trials and a comprehensive research and development programme leading to the final design being signed off. The first car with aerodynamic updates will be ready to begin an exhaustive month of testing on 30 July, with the end result being confirmed as the series' first 'production' car.

The test programme will be held behind closed doors throughout August - based initially in Britain, to be as close to chassis builder Lola as possible, before moving on to warmer European climes to adapt the cars to the sort of temperatures in which they will be operating in competition. The first 'production' car is scheduled to be unveiled by the end of September, around the same time as the series' first six franchise holders are revealed.

Several test drivers will be utilised, led by A1 GP general manager - and former F1 tester - Stephen Watson, who will swap his suit for overalls for a few days.

"It is a period of major landmarks for the series, as we now have the final design for the car, and our executive team members - who have been travelling the globe negotiating with franchise holders, are now in advanced stages of negotiations with over 24 of them," said series CEO and founder, Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum.

The original car will be displayed at the Farnborough International Air Show between 19-25 July, where it will feature alongside some of the world's fastest machines.

Thanks to an initiative between the MIA and the Society of British Aerospace Companies, A1 Grand Prix will be feature at the first show to include motorsport representation. The 300,000 expected attendees will be able to see the car and pick up information on the series at a dedicated A1 GP stand located in the MIA Motorsport Pavilion.



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