Motorsports @ PETRONAS – Foggy PETRONAS Racing Background

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Foggy PETRONAS Racing Background

The relationship between Carl Fogarty and PETRONAS dates back to 1992, when Carl competed in the Malaysian Superbike championship for the brand new PETRONAS Sprinta Superbike team. Contact was maintained over a number of years until Carl retired from racing following his horrific crash at Phillip Island in 2000. Carl and his Team Foggy Racing company then began to look for sponsorship to run his own team.

PETRONAS, Malaysia’s state-owned petroleum corporation, had been funding the development of a new 989cc triple engine, called the GP1, with its Swiss-based joint-venture company Sauber PETRONAS Engineering (SPE). It was expected that the engine would be leased to Grand Prix motorcycle teams, but the link with Carl resulted in a five-year project World Superbikes project – a win-win partnership for both Carl and PETRONAS.

The original GP1 triple engine was modified to meet World Superbike rules, and the team makes its debut in the championship, following homologation, at the first round of the 2003 season on the all new Foggy FP1 – Malaysia’s first ever superbike.

Reversing the tradition of a race bike being derived from a manufacturer’s road bike, Foggy PETRONAS Racing is developing the race bike first. The development of the road bike therefore benefits from race technology and extensive testing data, with 80 per cent of the race bike being transferred directly on to the Foggy FP1 high volume production road bikes.

Carl said: This is without doubt a once in a life-time opportunity and the biggest deal of my career. When I was riding I loved the thrill of winning races and the closest thing to that will be when my team is winning races – on my own bike. I am determined to repay the faith shown in me by PETRONAS by displaying the same commitment to winning that I showed during my riding career.

To have a brand new make of bike named after me is awesome and must be unique in motorcycling, continued Carl. I have been focused on setting up my own team since retirement but didn’t dream I would be doing it as a ‘new manufacturer’.

Carl appointed Nigel Bosworth – ‘Boz’ – a former racer and close friend, as Team Manager and Nigel immediately set about the task of conquering a huge engineering mountain by employing a hand-picked team of engineers and mechanics to complement the efforts of the Malaysian graduates supplied by PETRONAS, and engine development work of another Swiss company, Suter Racing Technology, who took over from SPE.

Boz’s first recruit was a former colleague and acclaimed chief engineer, Steve ‘Tommo’ Thompson. Steve’s awesome first task was to design the chassis for the Foggy FP1, which the newly-recruited riders Troy Corser and James Haydon hailed as incredibly well designed and responsive right from the outset.

Attracted by the opportunity to work on a project from the ground up, Rob Mathewson was appointed as Powertrain Engineer, with his vast knowledge and expertise a valuable addition to the development of the engine’s management systems and electronics.

As Carl’s manager and trusted friend, coupled with his vast experience of the media as a journalist, Neil Bramwell was chosen to head up the team’s marketing and PR activities, which have been crucial in building the team’s and its sponsors’ image from the outset.

Boz commented: This whole project is huge. Setting up a brand new race team is in itself a massive task, but this is far more than that when you take into account both the race and the road bike projects, which work totally in conjunction with each other. Many members of the team have been working on both projects with an equal split of time.

Now established and settled into their Burton-upon-Trent state of the art headquarters and following the official launch of Foggy PETRONAS Racing to the world in June 2002, the future aims of Foggy PETRONAS Racing are clear. First and foremost, Foggy PETRONAS Racing want to be competitive, contending with the front runners and then winning races as quickly as possible.

That is what Carl Fogarty demanded during his racing career and that is all he will accept in this new and exciting phase of his life. Success on the race track will result in commercial success for the Foggy FP1 road bike, helping to repay the huge leap of faith that PETRONAS have taken with this project.

Timeline Of Key Events In The Progress Of Foggy PETRONAS Racing:

23 November 2001 PETRONAS sign five year sponsorship deal with Carl Fogarty to run his own team as Foggy

18 December Foggy PETRONAS Racing Sign James Haydon

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18 January 2002 Foggy PETRONAS Racing Sign Troy Corser

24 January Suter Racing Technology (SRT) appointed as engine developer for PETRONAS race and road bike projects

February Clay model to CAD designs

March Wind tunnel testing

21 May Official opening of Foggy PETRONAS Racing’s headquarters in Burton-upon-Trent

11 June Launch of Foggy PETRONAS Racing at Delfina Restaurant, London

28 July First public appearance of the Foggy FP1 with demonstration laps by Troy Corser, James Haydon and Carl Fogarty at Brand Hatch in front of an electric 126,000 strong crowd

15/16/17 October First overseas test for Foggy PETRONAS Racing, at Eurospeedway in Germany

January 2003 FIM Homologation of Foggy FP1 granted for racing in 2003 Championship

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