The racing grid will consist of sixty-six cars that are VW lookalike, with plastic body shells mounted on top of single-seater space frame chassis. Most Fun Cup cars are powered by a 1800 cc, 130 hp Audi petrol engine that is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The purpose-built racers have fully adjustable suspension, race brakes and a roll-cage. For the 2009 season, new 1900cc TDI 160 hp VW diesel engines were added into the mix.
The Fun Cup endurance racing series was launched in the UK in 2002, with the clearly defined objective of providing cost effective, exciting and above all, good fun racing for all teams competing. The idea has blossomed into a massive success, with more than 160 cars on the grid for the Spa 24-hour race and regular grids, topping 50 cars in Europe.
What is most interesting of all is that the drivers are both former professional touring car competitors and amateurs. Teams vary from two to six drivers, with the races typically lasting 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 hours in the UK, complete with pit stops.
“The closeness and competitiveness of the Fun Cup means that it’s an event which lives up to its name and we are looking forward to welcoming an international line-up of drivers to Donington this weekend,” according to Kevin Wheatcroft, Chairman of Donington Park Racing Ltd.