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Ambitious A1 Grand Prix 'winter series' project

UK companies Lola Cars International, the Huntingdon chassis manufacturer, and Langford Performance Engineering, the competition engine specialist in Wellingborough, are gearing up to fulfill an order for 30 new single-seaters for A1 Grand Prix, a new one-make 'winter series' that is expected to be centred on the Dubai Autodrome in the Middle East

It is understood that the series will be based on a 'nations cup' format. The instigator of the project, Sheikh Maktoum, says that it will involve as many as 24 countries and will start in 2006.

Sheikh Maktoum, a nephew of the Crown Prince of Dubai, has a range of international business interests through his family-owned Al Fukeira construction company. Today's Daily Telegraph reports that he has been joined in the A1 Grand Prix venture by Brian Menell, the chairman of South African company DiamondWorks, and entrepreneur Antonio Teixeira.

A prototype of Lola's A1 Grand Prix chassis, which will be powered by Langford's new 3.5-litre race engine, is due to be shown when the series is launched in Dubai in late March or early April.

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