The organizers of the upcoming GP3 series have announced details of the new championship that will kick off in 2010.
In a statement released on Monday, the series bosses said the design and development of the Dallara-designed car are on schedule. The car will be powered by a 280hp engine based on a 2-liter turbo road car engine, developed by Renault in its Viry-Chatillon factory.
"We based the GP3 Series on the GP2 Series' successful philosophy: produce a competitive car, create a cost-effective series, racing alongside the Formula 1 calendar and providing an exciting show," said GP3 boss Bruno Michel. "I am really pleased to welcome our partners to the GP3 Series and I am confident that together we will be able to achieve the same level of high quality competition that we reached in GP2 for the past four seasons."
The organizers also announced that Italian maker Pirelli will be the championship's tire supplier, in what will mark a return to open wheel racing for the marque.
"Pirelli are delighted to be involved with the launch of the prestigious GP3 series, which represents a re-entry for us into the world of open wheeled racing," said Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery. "Working with premium teams and the future champions of the motorsport world is an exciting challenge and one where we will be putting our 100-year plus competition experience to use in providing a reliable and stable product for use in the varied circuits and conditions we will face during the season".