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Dallara GP2/11 – Click above for high-res image gallery

While Ferrari was cleaning up at its home race at Monza this past weekend, the GP2 feeder series campaigned its penultimate race of the season. Venezuelan racer Pastor Maldonado, driving for Italian team Rapax, clinched the series title in its sixth season, but arguably even more intriguing was the concurrent launch of the new third-generation GP2 spec racer.

Like the car it replaces, the new GP2/11 is designed and built by Italian racing chassis manufacturer Dallara – also behind the cars used in IndyCar and Formula 3 as well as F1 newcomer HRT's car, to name just a few – and will be used exclusively by all teams for the next three seasons. Major changes to the design close the gap to Formula One considerably and borrow from its latest developments, employing a larger diffuser, a narrower rear wing and a larger one up front, a raked front nose and anvil-shaped engine cover. Also like F1, the new GP2 car will switch from Bridgestone rubber to new Pirelli compounds.

Development has been underway for several months, and the new car – unveiled to the teams and press at Monza – will see its first race early next year in the season-bridging GP2 Asia Series. Considering that no fewer than fifteen drivers – Lewis Hamilton among them – have graduated from the series up to F1, GP2 has rapidly developed as the place to watch for the next generation of top talent at the pinnacle of open-wheel racing. So keep an eye on newly-crowned champion Paston Maldonado, and check out the new car in the high-res image gallery below.


  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. GP2/11 Car in GP2 hospitality. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T2847.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. GP2/11 Car in GP2 hospitality. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T2858.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. GP2/11 Car in GP2 hospitality. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T2871.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. GP2/11 car. Detail. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T3098.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. Team and media look at the new GP2/11 car. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T2887.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. Team and media look at the new GP2/11 car. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T2995.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. Team and media look at the new GP2/11 car. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T2911.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. Team and media look at the new GP2/11 car. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T2914.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. GP2/11 car. Detail. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T3054.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. GP2/11 car. Detail. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T3060.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. GP2/11 car. Detail. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T3087.jpg
  • 2010 GP2 Series. Round 9. Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 9th September. GP2/11 Launch. Thursday Preview. GP2/11 car. Detail. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service. Ref: __O9T3040.jpg
  • GP2/11 Car Reveal Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy 9th September The new for 2011 GP2/11 Car is revealed. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service Ref: Digital Image _MG_5658
  • GP2/11 Car Reveal Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy 9th September The new for 2011 GP2/11 Car is revealed. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service Ref: Digital Image _MG_5658b
  • GP2/11 Car Reveal Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy 9th September The new for 2011 GP2/11 Car is revealed. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service Ref: Digital Image RTCH1111

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      • 4 Years Ago
      First, FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION. It doesn't have to be pretty. The nose from the current Sauber car ( F1 ) is the worst "LOOKING" one in the series, but it serves an aerodynamic purpose. The cars don't have to "look" pretty to "go like stink."

      The nose on this car looks like Ferrari's and Virgin's nose cones made a baby. It's ugly-ish.

      However, this is a HUGE improvement over the current GP2 car, and will be awesome next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope to see Pastor Maldonado in a decent team next season.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Indy should run a clone of this car, just with a NA V8 in the 600hp range.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it would be way t pricey atleast thats what most of the teams would complain about
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the current F1 cars. The 2008 cars with all the little wings and grooved tires were the worst.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I second that, 2008 cars had all sorts of aero bits sticking everywhere, a winglet here, a flap there... And what about "twin towers" on this Sauber...

        http://house.25u.com/auto_img6/200610151032131277801.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of course this is all matter of opinion, but the 2008 cars were the best imo because of the fact it had all the little air modifiers, it really gave you an idea of how hard these aerodynamicists worked to squeeze every drop from the car. I forget the figure McLaren quoted in the 2008 season coming up to the last 2-3 races that year..it was an ungodly amount of money to develop for just three races, but Lewis did become WDC that year.

        Of course they are working just as hard now but its hard to notice those changes. F1.com has a technical section that they usually update for each race, with sketches of team updates to their cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How is it that the SAME company that makes this car makes the (current and future) POS IndyCar? HOW?

      Seriously.
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