Exclusive: First shot of new GP2 car

The car that will be raced in the GP2 Series from 2011 onwards was shaken down for the first time on the Magny-Cours club circuit this morning.

Exclusive: First shot of new GP2 car

The new GP2 Series car, which will be used from the start of next year, has hit the track for the first time.

As AUTOSPORT's exclusive spy shot of the new GP2/11 car shows, it marks a radical visual departure from its predecessors.

The car will be raced in both the main and Asia Series, and was put through its paces by former GP2 racer Ben Hanley at the Magny-Cours club circuit on Monday morning.

The aerodynamic package of the car has been completely overhauled to bring it more into line with the current generation of Formula 1 cars.

Despite being visually very different, the basic chassis remains fundamentally the same apart from an enlarged driver head protection area.

This means that teams will have the option of either buying brand-new cars or having their current tubs modified to bring them up to spec.

* A detailed report of the new-generation GP2 car's first test will be featured in this week's issue of AUTOSPORT magazine, which is available online and in the shops on Thursday.

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