Formula Nippon


Formula Nippon

Infobox motorsport championship

pixels = 171px
caption =
category = single seaters
country/region = flagicon|Japan Japan
inaugural = 1973
drivers = 22 [http://www.speedsportmag.com/en/formula_nippon/entrylist.php?sid=248 2007 Entry List] "Speedsportmag.com." Retrieved on August 28 2007.]
teams = 10
constructors = Lola
engines = Toyota
Honda
champion driver = flagicon|JPN Tsugio Matsuda
champion team = flagicon|Japan Team Impul
website = [http://www.f-nippon.co.jp/ Formula Nippon Official Website]

Formula Nippon is a type of formula racing and the top level of single-seater racing in Japan.

Formula Nippon has a fairly long history, evolving from the Japanese Formula 2000 series begun in 1973 by way of the Japanese Formula 2 and Japanese Formula 3000 championships. For the most part, the Japanese racing series have closely followed their European counterparts in terms of technical regulations, but there have been some important exceptions.

When European Formula 2 ended in 1984, its Japanese counterpart did not follow suit, continuing to use Formula 2 regulations (with almost-exclusively 2.0 L Honda engines) for another three years, finally switching to the open Formula 3000 standard in 1987. Once again, Japanese and European regulations paralleled one another, until 1996, when the International Formula 3000 series became a one-make format to lower costs. The Japanese Formula broke away at this time, and made it official by changing the series name to Formula Nippon.

Until recently, Formula Nippon was an open formula, where a variety of chassis builders and engine manufacturers could compete. Chassis were supplied by Lola, Reynard, and G-Force, while Mugen-Honda supplied the vast majority of the engines (though Cosworth engines were found in the Formula 3000 era). However, with the bankruptcy of Reynard in 2002, and the withdrawal of G-Force a year earlier, Formula Nippon once again followed F3000's lead in becoming a one-make series. Formula Nippon cars are now all Lola B03/50 chassis powered by Mugen-Honda engines; however, unlike F3000, engines in Formula Nippon are open-tuned by private companies.

In 2006 Formula Nippon underwent a drastic revision of its regulations. The current Lola B03/50 chassis was replaced by a new Lola FN06 chassis, while the engine formula underwent drastic revision. Blocks were provided by Toyota and Honda, using the same block specifications as found in the 2005 Indy Racing League, with open-tuning still permitted.

The 2006 season got off to one of the strangest starts in motorsport history. The opener at Fuji was cancelled after two safety car laps. Benoît Tréluyer was given the win, and half points were awarded.

However, despite the more technically demanding regulations, Formula Nippon remains a national series, with second tier status compared to the pan-European GP2 Series and its predecessor Formula 3000. While foreign drivers have always been regular participants in Formula Nippon, these are very often second string drivers who had difficulty in finding a top-level Formula 3000 drive. Nevertheless, there have been several drivers to come from a Japanese Formula 3000 or Formula Nippon drive to a prominent Formula One role; the best-known of these are Ralf Schumacher, the 1996 Formula Nippon champion, and Pedro de la Rosa, the 1997 Formula Nippon champion.

The 2008 Formula Nippon season is currently underway, still using the same Lola chassis and Toyota and Mugen Honda engines. Tsugio Matsuda had a clear lead in the driver's championship after the opening two races.

Swift Engineering, INC. in San Clemente, CA is currently producing the chassis that will be contested for the 2009 season.

List of champions

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.f-nippon.co.jp/ Formula Nippon Official Site]


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