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High Performance Group and Crawford Composites introduce Formula Lites

News International-French

13 Mar 2014

The companies announced the formation of the Formula Lites series and the debut of the Formula Lites Crawford (FL15) chassis.

This collaboration brings High Performance Group’s Dennis McCormack, a 43-year motorsports veteran and former Indy Car team owner and SCORE Baja Champion driver Ryan Arciero, together with Max Crawford of Crawford Composites, LLC, a leader in designing and producing autoclaved composites for the car racing industry.

The series, sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and scheduled to launch in 2014 at select events with a full schedule in 2015, aims at developing drivers interested in entering professional motorsports, including those who seek to make the leap from karting to open-wheel racing.

Created in Crawford Composites’ 48,000-sq.-ft. facility in Denver, N.C. by the company’s design team, led by Chief Designer Andy Scriven, the Formula Lites carbon composite chassis is built to FIA F3 2014 technical regulations. Scriven focused on state-of-the-art technology to produce a competitively priced, innovative and exciting chassis to pilot. The new FL15 has exceptional electronics and paddleshift designed by Crawford Composites’ in-house Controls Group.

The FL15 is powered by a 2 liter, 210 HP turbo Volkswagen engine. Pirelli is supplying tires, ensuring the same quality and consistency afforded to Formula 1 racing is also present in Formula Lites. Sports car racing legend and renowned driver, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, is overseeing the test drive program. Each vehicle will be 100 percent ready to race when driven off of Crawford Composites’ lot.

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