Motorsport Going Global: The challenges facing the world’s by Nick Henry;Tim Angus;Mark Jenkins;Chris Aylett

By Nick Henry;Tim Angus;Mark Jenkins;Chris Aylett

This publication offers the definitive financial examine of the worldwide motorsport undefined. Drawing on a decade of analysis, and interviews with best executives and overseas commentators, the worldwide grid of motorsport is analyzed and the world's nationwide motorsport industries benchmarked. Motorsport Going international concludes on eventualities for the worldwide because it enters a brand new period of industry development and worldwide opportunity.

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In the main, the steel spaceframe cars with composite bodies are built by the USA-based teams that have the franchise to run them, supported by an intricate infrastructure of domestic suppliers. Engine and transmissions have been developed over many years and are particular to the USA. Constructors/teams like Roush, Hendricks, Dale Earnhardt, Evernham and RCR predominate. Arguably the most important single-seat regional series are the USA-based CART Champcar and IRL championships. In 2005, UK-based Lola constructed all CART chassis but, from 2007, all chassis will be supplied by USA-based Panoz, to a one-make chassis specification.

One area of constructor supply where it is possible to spot a very strong area of supplier strength is drivetrain components, particularly gearboxes. Here the UK enjoys a strong lead, though it is facing increasing competition below F1 from firms like the French-based SADEV. Many F1 teams make their own gearboxes, but they rely on gearbox components and design from UK firms like Xtrac. In WRC, all gearboxes come from the UK-based gearbox specialists, Xtrac, Ricardo and Hewland. In fact, most of the international motorsport series, right down to F3, will be supplied by one of these three UK companies.

These series of races were hosted in the country of the previous year’s victorious manufacturer and were designed to pull USA car manufacturers into international competition by competing with the leading European motorsport manufacturers of the day. The Gordon Bennett series of races inspired the purely USA-based competition called the Vanderbilt Cup. This was, again, an open-road racing series, which attracted the cream of international entrants to the USA. Alongside open-road racing in the USA, early oval-racing venues were developed based on the existing layout of horse-racing tracks and provided a great 36 PART TWO: FRONTRUNNERS ON THE GLOBAL STARTING GRID spectacle, attracting vast audiences.

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