Epsilon begins wind tunnel testing ahead of FIA decision
The wind tunnel testing for the Epsilon Euskadi's 2011 challenger is well underway, since team owner Joan Villadelprat reasons that it would be too late to start by the time the FIA makes the decision regarding the 13th team. "The model was designed, CFD tests were carried out and, finally, a few weeks ago the model was built," the Spaniard began to explain through his teams official website.
"We have been conducting wind tunnel tests since. The reason why we decided to do it is very simple. We believe in our F1 project but, if we were to be minimally prepared, we couldn’t wait until the FIA’s decision would be announced. It would have been too late to start," added Villadelprat.
"If we would be given the license now and have to have the car ready for next year, we would definitely struggle. But if we hadn’t had even started with wind tunnel tests, it would be impossible. We made our bet and all the progress we make is and will be useful, at least, to keep building on experience and know how."
But despite all these advancements the funds are still causing troubles, "The only thing that is missing at this stage is to count on the full financing. I always said that I wouldn’t go into Formula 1 unless the budget for three years was guaranteed. Unfortunately, at this point, this is what we are missing, although we are still working on it and moving forward."