As the days are getting warmer, we are getting closer to the moments and events we have worked so hard to get to and design office in Israel and the workshop and Italy are beginning to be filled with tense anticipation. The 2 first cars are running again after a long hibernate, and the 3 new cars are in final production phases. These 3 new cars represent a new era in Griiip by being the first Formula 1000 cars to receive completely new engines. We can’t wait to start the track tests and go racing with them!
Speaking about racing – we are happy to update that at the end of May, the G1 will make its first trans-Atlantic voyage to arrive to Boston, for a huge event called Liveworx arranged by PTC – world leader in software for product development. At Liveworx we will present our newest developments in Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) made together with PTC and after that – start our USA tour, testing and racing in as many tracks as possible. This, together with the Italian racing season that will start the 30th of April, means there will not be a dull moment for us in Griiip!
Due to the frozen weather in Italy we had very little track activity since the last post. We keep inside the warm office (in Israel) or workshop (in Italy) and concentrate on the assembly of the new cars and the preparation of the 2 first G1s for when the sun will come out and we can drive again, to host some Israeli and Italian drivers that are waiting to test our cars.
Looking forward to 2017 we are filled with anticipation and excitement. We feel that after 4 years of building the foundations, this year will be the year we start going up and up and start seeing our cars running all over the world, changing this sport and bringing it back to the people. Our 2017 racing season will start on April 30th, at the first race of the ‘Formula X’ championship at the fantastic ‘Tazio Nuvolari’ track in Pavia, Italy, and we invite everybody that wish to join us to contact us and book their flight ticket today!
Until the next update – all the best and may 2017 will be the greatest year ever for all of us!
Things in Griiip are progressing, and fast. We have completed the test drives of the first car and had the opportunity to participate in a race with the G1. The race was in Cremona and it was our first real race – a wheel to wheel, from the green light to the checkered flag race. This race was a preparation race for the next year organised by a series called ‘Formula X‘. We raced against different formula cars like Formula 3 and Formula Renault. At the practice sessions we were fastest out of the 14 cars in our category, and also fastest in qualifying which granted us the pole position. First race – pole position! We were very happy but a pole position doesn’t worth a lot without a win, and we knew we had some tough competitors and after all, it is our first race…
When race time arrived, our driver – Davide Vettori – put the G1 on the starting grid and waited for the start, very tense seconds and when the race finally started – we lost 2 places before the first corner, but Davide, with an amazing display of driving, overtook both cars, from the outside (!) and before the third corner he was back in the lead! During the race Davide kept the lead, making zero mistakes and bringing the G1, at its first race ever, to the top of the podium in first place! What a moment! The feeling of accomplishment was indescribable. We won! We knew we can do it, we knew the G1 is fast, and now we proved it so everybody will know. Only a day after, we feel we achieved something meaningful and receiving great feedback from competitors that now want to try our car. The best way to start our legacy – first race, first win!
The last couple of months were incredibly intensive over at Griiip’s workshop. We had many amazing moments as we progress.
First – we completed the manufacturing of the first new car and on the 14.8 tested it, for the first time, at ‘Riccardo Paletti’ circuit, Varano de’ Melegari, Italy. After that exciting day, we managed to complete an intensive testing program, taking the car to its limits and looking for any problem that need fixing. Our two drivers – Federico and Davide, got really connected to the car and helped us find a good base setup. The current lap record at Varano for our G1 is 1:07.3, already 3.2 seconds faster than the G1 prototype. Achieving this fast lap time was a real surprise for us, as we didn’t expect the car to go so fast so early into the testing program. This gives us a lot to look for in the next tests.
In parallel, at our workshop, the second car is almost finished and will be ready for testing by the end of October. We can’t wait to see two G1s together on the track!
There are many more exciting developments going on, and we are doing everything to make the next post the most exciting until now.