740 female drivers over the age of 17 have taken part in the global Formula Woman competition. The competition aims at to find the next top female racing drivers, and is open to those who hold a full driving licence.
On-track assessments took place at multiple circuits across the UK including Bedford Autodrome, Knockhill Racing Circuit and Anglesey Circuit, during which they received tuition behind the wheel or the new Vauxhall Corsa-e, the all-electric version of the UK's best-selling car in 2021. Track days included learning the fundamentals of driving on track such as racing lines and race craft. There was also a briefing, written and fitness tests as well as media training. After the applicants had driven the Corsa-e on track to the limit, Formula Woman judges were able to pick 50 finalists that will progress to future assessments.
Graeme Glew, Formula Woman Founder, commented:
“The Vauxhall Corsa-e really did prove to be a fabulous choice for the assessments. We were delighted with how it performed throughout, not missing a beat. It was a very easy car to drive and handled very well, it just couldn’t be faulted.”
Jeremy Townsend, Communications Director, Vauxhall, said:
“We were delighted to be able to support the Formula Woman competition. It was a great opportunity for the applicants to put the all-electric Corsa-e through its paces and experience its impressive acceleration and agile handling. We’re wishing the finalists all the best for the future.”
The 100% electric, zero emission Corsa-e features a 50kWh battery, which has a WLTP range of up to 222 miles on a single charge. The Corsa-e also supports 100kW rapid charging with 80% of battery capacity in just 30 minutes. The 100kW electric motor boasts a 0-60mph time of just 7.6 seconds.
As well as assessments in the Corsa-e, participants in the Formula Woman program were invited to partake in simulator sessions, one-to-one driver training and further track days. Formula Woman is currently preparing the finalists for the next round of assesments which will take place on the 2nd and 3rd March 2022. 15 drivers will progress out of the 50 to the penultimate stage of the competition on the 4th March 2022. The end prize of the competition is four drivers getting the chance to compete in the GT cup championship, with two drivers becoming reserves.
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