VJM-01 unveiled at Mumbai (+pics)

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At the 'Gateway of India' at Mumbai, the Force India F1 Team presented their 2008 Formula One car, the VJM-01. The car was unveiled, after a spectacular lightshow, in the presence of Dr. Vijay Mallya, Michiel Mol, Kolin Colles and of course the drivers: Giancarlo Fisichella, Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi.

The Force India Formula One Team today launched its 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship Car and unveiled its new livery against the backdrop of the historic Gateway of India in Mumbai. Force India presented its new challenger, the VJM01, in its striking new livery of gold, tungsten and white.

The global launch of the 2008 Formula One Challenger Car was attended by several eminent personalities, political leaders and a bevy of celebrities and corporate head honchos along with the leadership team of Force India.

Commenting on the launch of the new Formula One Team Car, Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and Managing Director, Force India Formula One Team Limited said, “I am delighted to present before you the livery of the brand new car that will compete in the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship. Today is a memorable day not only for me as the owner of India’s first-ever Formula One team, but also for millions of Indians who can today watch India occupy a place of pride as Force India becomes the first and only Indian Formula One racing team to compete with the best in the world, at the pinnacle of motorsport.”

“The Force India Formula One Team is one of the only eleven elite teams guaranteed an entry into the FIA Formula One World Championship Races. The Force India Formula One Team is the new global face of an emerging superpower and is today increasingly viewed as a Team that will change the dynamics of Formula One, bottom up and a Team that dares to dream. Most importantly, the Force India Formula One Team has come to epitomize the dream of every Indian and is powered by the passion of a billion hearts!”, added Dr. Mallya.

The VJM01 will run for the first time at the next test in Barcelona from 25 – 27 February 2008.