Magnetti Marelli to Be A1GP's Official Technical Partner

If you're an A1GP avid fan devouring every news on the subject, here's something to chew on until the next race in Chengdu, China, on November 9. A press release received today proudly informs that Magneti Marelli is to be the official technical partner of the series for the 2008/09 season.

Those of you not reacting to the name should know that Corbetta-based Magneti Marelli Holding S.p.A. is a subsidiary of the Fiat group specialized in the development and manufacturing of systems, modules and high-technology components for the automotive industry. With a turnover of 4.4 billion euros in 2007, the company already develops electronic systems for the F1, Motorcycle Grand Prix and the World Rally Championship.

According to the press release, Magneti Marelli will deliver electronic systems “in many key areas of the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari cars”. The modular design engine and gear control system will give A1 teams increased data logging capability, 100% real-time telemetry cover, and reliable integration with all other control units on the car.

“This is an important partnership for A1GP as we enter a new era with the Powered by Ferrari cars. Reliability has been excellent during the test programme, with no problems encountered in over 7,500-kilometres of testing throughout Europe,” John Wickham, General Manager, Technical & Operations of A1GP, said.

“We are very happy to be part of the A1GP world. It was an interesting technical challenge, we have applied our technology to a new and different area with regards to data logging, gearbox control and steering wheel, so showing how flexible our solutions are, and what a high-level of performance they have,” Roberto Dalla, Head of Magneti Marelli Motorsport Department, said.

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