Epsilon Euskadi begin wind tunnel tests

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Joan Villadelprat, president of 2011 F1 team candidates Epsilon Euskadi, has confirmed they have begun testing a wind tunnel model of the car they hope to race in Formula 1 next year.

Villadelprat told the team’s website:

The model was designed, CFD tests were carried out and, finally, a few weeks ago the model was built. We have been conducting wind tunnel tests since.

The reason why we decided to do it is very simple. We believe in our F1 project but, if we were to be minimally prepared, we couldn?t wait until the FIA?s decision would be announced. It would have been too late to start. If we would be given the license now and have to have the car ready for next year, we would definitely struggle. But if we hadn?t had even started with wind tunnel tests, it would be impossible.

We made our bet and all the progress we make is and will be useful, at least, to keep building on experience and know how.
Joan Villadelprat

The FIA are expected to announce which team will get the 13th and final place on the grid for 2011 soon.

Villadelprat, who has worked in F1 for McLaren, Ferrari, Prost and Benetton, played down reports his team could merge with the other Spanish squad already in F1, HRT:

The truth is that these rumours have no foundation whatsoever. Epsilon has its own Formula 1 project and so does Hispania.

What I said was that Mr. Carabante and I were interested in having a conversation to see if there would be any possible of collaboration. Always keeping in mind the nature of our company and provided that there wouldn?t be any conflict of interests.
Joan Villadelprat

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