iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series
What is the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series?
As the highest racing series within the iRacing.com Competition Program for road racing (as opposed to oval racing), the iRacing.com Series World Championship Road Racing Licenses are awarded to only 50 drivers who have earned the right compete head to head to determine the best on-line driver in the world. The drivers in this series have worked extremely hard to get to this elite series and are the best sim racers in the world. iRacing.com is very proud of this series, it is the showcase for iRacing.com in regards to simulated on-line racing. This series is viewed and followed closely by thousands of fans and fellow sim racers around the globe.
WCS events will typically be planned for 60-90 minutes in duration as they feature a race distance of 300KM. Races will typically feature 35 car fields (though again this may vary depending on venue). Each week, the top 35 WCS drivers based on qualifying times are guaranteed a place in the race field. All WCS license holders are encouraged to qualify and register for each race. The qualfying mode features a single lap qualifying allowing each driver a total of 3 laps in 15 minutes. Drivers not setting a time during qualifying will be forced to start from the back of the grid. Points will be scored based on the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series points system (without averaging). There are no bonus points awarded. (Source: iracing.com)
The Car – Williams FW31
AT&T Williams is among the most successful Formula One teams in history. Since Frank Williams founded Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977, the team has won nine FIA Formula One World Driving Championships with Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, together with nine Constructors Championships in partnership with Cosworth, Honda and Renault. AT&T Williams currently employs about 500 personnel at its technology campus in Grove, Oxfordshire, England where it designs and manufactures its Grand Prix cars.
The AT&T Williams FW31 is a worthy successor to the team?s legacy of success. Under the overall leadership of AT&T Williams technical director Sam Michael, the car?s design was spearheaded by chief designer Ed Wood. The car?s nucleus is a carbon-aramid and honeycomb composite monocoque. The front suspension features carbon fiber, double wishbones with pushrod activated springs and zero keel geometry. Similarly, the rear suspension is a double wishbone, pushrod design. The AT&T Williams FW31 is powered by a naturally aspirated, longtitudinally mounted 2.4 liter, 90° V8 Toyota RVX-09 with revs limited to 18,000 RPM and estimated output of 740 horsepower. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Williams, seven-speed, electro-hydraulically actuated, semi-automatic, seamless shift transmission.
The aerodynamic package developed for the AT&T Williams FW31 by chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson proved highly controversial. As did his counterparts at Brawn and Toyota, Tomlinson exploited a loophole in the rules to create a double diffuser at the rear of the car in order to generate more downforce than the single diffuser concept intended by the rulesmakers. However, an FIA investigation found the AT&T Williams (like the Brawn and Toyota cars) in compliance with the rules. The AT&T Williams was campaigned during the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship season by Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Rosberg, the latter of whom scored points in 11 of 17 events and set the fastest lap of the race en route to a sixth place finish in the Australian Grand Prix. (Source: iracing.com)