- Formula Rolon
name=Formula Rolon Chevrolet
Super Speeds(Pvt) Ltd, India
class=Open Wheeled Formula
production=2006 - Present
Formula Rolon ChevroletFormula Rolon, also known as Formula Rolon
Chevroletis an open wheel single seaterFormula Racing car made and raced in India. They run in the single make championships held in the tracks of Coimbatoreand Chennai. The car is similar to Formula Asia and is powered by Chevroletengine with a racing gear box. The car was launched in Mumbai December 2005 and made its debut in Coimbatore track on September 2006.
The name Rolon stands for Rolon chains and sprockets, the main
sponsorand parent companyof Super Speeds. The suffix Chevroletis to denote the engine supplier.
The car is built around a
monocoquesteel space frameThe body panels are of Fire retardant FRPand aerodynamic aides include a massive front wing, and adjustable Flower type rear wing. JK tyressupply the tyres with a grooved semi-slick and a un grooved slick version.The car was entirely designed and constructed by Coimbatore based Super Speeds, the same company that designed the Formula Marutiin mid 80’s, which is now a division of L.G.Balakrishnan and Brothers, the manufacturers of Rolon chains and sprockets. The Chief designer of the car is B.Vijaykumar, a racer himself. The car has a very high indigenous content of over 97%.
Engine and Gearbox
The Engine is supplied by
General MotorsIndia. The Chevrolet1600 cc engine produces 120 Bhp in race trim as of 2006 with a re-chipped ECU; otherwise it’s the same stock engine as used in Chevrolet Optramodel sold in India. This also makes a first for Chevrolet’s involvement in Racing outside USA.The only change from the car is re-chipped ECU, K&N Air filter and tuned Exhaust pipe.
Gearboxis a Racing gear box, with straight cut-dog ring gears with in-built LSD (Limited Slip Differential) built entirely in-house in Coimbatoreby Super Speeds.
JK tyres of India makes and supplies the tyres specially designed for this car. JK Tyres also sponsor the National championship and few drivers in this series. The tyres are available in Wet and Slicks.
The entire season of 12 races (6 Double races) would cost less than one tenth compared to a full season in or Formula Asia in other South East Asian countries or
Formula Fordin UK, and is considered the best way to select racers for the Formula Asia and Formula BMW series.
The cars were built for LG Sports, to run in the JK National Road racing championship, which is the breeding ground for young racers in India.
The Cars are sold with the Engine on lease or the complete car leased with three different springs supplied per car. All engines are sealed by LG Sports with the maintenance of the engine by Super Speeds.
The class in which the car races is a single make championship class, with the cars sold or leased to several teams, who in turn engage or hire drivers. The races are annual championship series held in
Kari Motor Speedwayin Chettipalayam, Coimbatoreand in MMSC track in Irungattukottaiin Chennai. The Drivers with most number of points accumulated from his wins and finishing positions becomes the Formula Rolon Chevrolet champion for the respective year.
* NK racing –
Narain Karthikeyan’s handpicked Four car driver team with Speed Petrol ( Bharat Petroleum) and Amaron Batteries as Team Sponsors.
Karun Chandok’s team with all cars tuned by ex-rally champion N.Leela Krishnan.
*Meco Racing - Akbar Ibhrahim’s team
*Rams Racing -
*Prime Racing -
*Gemini Racing - Hyderabad/
Drivers and tuners
Notable drivers include ex-formula 3 champion Akbar Ibhrahim,ex Karting champion Amaya Walwanker, Gaurav Gill (rallyist from
Delhi), ex- formula Marutichampion Gaurav Dalal, 2005 Formula LGBChampion Reo Banajee.
Formula LGB Swift
Formula LGB Hyundai
JK Tyre National Racing Championship
* [http://www.chevrolet.co.in/content_data/AP/IN/en/GBPIN/001/BRANDSITE/racing.html General Motors India Site]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN2LxpXAH-A Donuts in Formula Rolon by Ameya Walawanker-VIDEO]
* [http://www.bsmotoring.com/bsm/wcms/en/home/events/other/chevyracer-061105.html;jsessionid=50FE02CFB1B59A75600C1F4BFBC200EB BS Motoring Article]
* [http://www.hindu.com/mp/2006/08/19/stories/2006081901520400.htm Article from The Hindu]
* [http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42540 GM Insider News]
* [http://www.chevrolet.com.my/id/89/chevrolet-india-formula-rolon/ My Chevrolet Article on Formula Rolon Chevrolet]
* [http://www.rddreams.com/rddreams/html/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=15052 More Pictures]
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