The Afrix Story
South Africa has a proud heritage of single-seater motorsport and boasts two designers of multiple world championships for Brabham, McLaren, Benetton and Ferrari as well as a World Champion, Jody Scheckter, in 1979. From the sixties through to the eighties, South African talent was motivated and inspired due to South Africa hosting a domestic F1 championship as well as a world championship event. Sadly, South African motorsport has disappeared off the radar and there are no modern motorsport international events at all.
AFRIX secured the A1GP cars powered by the best-known brand in motorsport, Ferrari
The A1GP series was conceived as the World Cup of Nations and used Lola cars powered by a Zytec V8 engine. However, with the second-generation cars, A1GP commissioned Ferrari to build the A1GP car with a Ferrari V8 engine. This coincided with the financial crisis of 2009 and the project, which was on a scale equivalent to Formula 1, failed. The cars weigh approximately 640kg and produce approximately 620bhp. They deploy Carbon brakes, utilise sequential bespoke gearboxes and run on slick racing tyres. The chassis and aero design are taken directly from Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2004 Formula One car and the engine’s is based on the Ferrari 458 production V8 offering long life and reliability. Since acquisition AFRIX briefed Life Racing, a professional UK electronic specialist company and part of AER, to design and develop a new electronic management system that would replace the previous system and upgrade the cars to bring them inline with modern expectations of a world-class formula. AFRIX has successfully run the new system both at Phakisa and Zwartkops and are pleased with all the improvements the upgrades have brought to the car. AFRIX has a fleet of unique, state-of- the-art, loud, fast and sophisticated Ferrari powered single-seater racing cars.
AFRIX is perfectly located
There is currently no modern international circuit-racing event in Africa. AFRIX intends using these world-class single-seaters to create a motor racing series in Africa during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months (October – March). Over this period, professional drivers resort to simulators, top racing crews endure a period of no work as their contracts end at the end of their respective Seasons and Africa enjoys exceptionally good weather, which is ideal for track events. This provides AFRIX with the opportunity to entice some of the world’s best engineers and drivers to participate in a series.
AFRIX is Ready
AFRIX is ready for the next step and is looking for teams that will take advantage of this platform and be apart of placing Africa back on the map of international motorsport.