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The Formula BMW is an open-wheeled racing car, set to specified standards for drivers beginning a career in auto racing. Created in 2001 and first raced in 2002, it is used in three series around the world, one each in North America, Europe, and Asia. Participants in these series cannot alter their Formula BMW car beyond a few minor suspension, downforce, and gearing settings, which helps ensure that race results are more dependent on driver skill than car quality. At the end of each year, top drivers from all three series meet in a world finals event, with the winner getting a promised test drive for Formula 1 in a BMW Sauber F1 car.
Current Formula 1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel both started out racing in Formula BMW, though neither currently race for the BMW Sauber team.
These specifications were obtained from the game Live for Speed, which uses the current FB02 model.
- Engine Position: Mid-engine
- Drive Wheels: Rear-wheel drive
- Transmission: Sequential gearbox
- Engine: 1.2 liter inline-4
- Power: 105 kW (140 bhp) @ 8948 rpm
- Torque: 125 Nm (92 lbft) @ 6756 rpm
- Total Mass: 465 kg (1024 lbs)
- Power-weight: 225 W/kg (307 bhp/ton)
- Weight Distribution: 42% Front, 58% Rear
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 42 liters