Haas F1 Team, the new name of Haas Formula, has launched onto the internet ahead of its arrival onto the Formula One scene in 2016.
Since Penske in 1986, the United States has not had an F1 team and the closest attempt in recent years – USF1 – didn’t even see itself onto the grid.
“Haas F1 Team automatically conveys our place among the pinnacle of motorsports,” said Gene Haas – who has a stake in the Stewart-Haas NASCAR team alongside Tony Stewart. “When you hear ‘F1’ you know exactly what it is – a global racing series that showcases the latest technology and attracts the best talent in engineering and design. Haas Automation has an excellent reputation in the United States and I want that reputation to grow worldwide. Connecting Haas Automation with F1 in name and in practice when the Haas F1 Team debuts in 2016 is the best way to grow our business and elevate Haas Automation to a premium, global brand.”
The Haas team will be basing itself in North Carolina alongside the workshop for the NASCAR team and has an advantage over many new teams in the fact that it has access to a full sized wind tunnel which should aid the team in developing its F1 car alongside chassis manufacturer Dallara.
For the F1 effort, dedicated workspaces are being built next door to the existing premises which is due to be completed in November.
There is still no word on who will be suppling engines to the team, but with one and a half years until the 2016 season gets underway they have more than enough time to get themselves sorted.