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The C21 Car Specifications

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    Chassis: Carbon fibre monocoque

    Front and Rear Suspension: Upper and lower wishbones, (front and rear) inboard springs and dampers, actuated by pushrods (Sachs Race Engineering)

    Brakes: Six-piston calipers (Brembo) front and rear; carbon pads and discs (Brembo).

    Transmission: Semi-automatic, longitudinally mounted, seven-speed transmission (Sauber), carbon clutch (Sachs Race Engineering)

    Chassis Electronics: Magneti Marelli

    Length: 4450 mm

    Width: 1800 mm

    Height: 1000 mm

    Front Track: 1470 mm

    Rear Track: 1410 mm

    Wheelbase: 3080 mm

    Weight: 600 kg (driveable car including driver, tank empty)

    Wheels: BBS

    Tyres: Bridgestone

    Dimensions:Front: 265/55R13 Rear 325/45R13

    Engine Specification - PETRONAS 02A

    Number of Cylinders: 10

    Configuration: 90 degree vee

    Displacement: 2997 cc

    Cylinder Block: Aluminium

    Number of Main Bearings: 6

    Number of Camshafts: 4, OHC

    Camshaft Drive: Interlocked

    Number of Valves: 40

    Valve Mechanism: Pneumatic

    Ignition System: Magneti Marelli

    Injection: Magneti Marelli

    Oil System: Oil sump

    Team Principals

    Peter Sauber first made contact with motorsport in 1967, when he bought a tuned VW beetle from Zurich race driver Arthur Blank. In the following year he drove it successfully in club and national races. In 1970, Sauber built his own racecar, the C1, with which he immediately won the Swiss sports car championship. This satisfied Peter Sauber's ambitions as a race driver. He was more interested in the technical aspects of motor sports and so he founded the company PP Sauber AG in Hinwil for the construction of race cars, which also offered servicing of commercial cars.

    In 1986, Peter Sauber sold his garage and moved into new premises in Hinwil. This is where he built his successful sports cars and prototypes, the C9, C11 and C291 and eventually planned the C12, his very first Formula One car. In 1992, the company moved into the newly built high-technology factory in Hinwil, where the C12 was built. The following year the C12 had its debut in Formula One.

    In 1995 strong partnerships were formed with PETRONAS and Red Bull, and in 1996, SAUBER PETRONAS ENGINEERING AG was founded, a joint-venture with Malaysia's national oil company. This partnership includes the construction of a high-performance engine for commercial cars and was extended to the construction of a GP1 motorcycle race engine in the year 2000.

    As President of the Board of Directors, Sauber - now 58 years old - is responsible for the strategic vision of SAUBER MOTORSPORT AG. After several years, he has also taken over the company's operative leadership. Furthermore, this entrepreneur from Zurich, runs the SAUBER PETRONAS race team as its Team Principal.

    Willy Rampf (48) has been Technical Director since the beginning of the season 2000. He is responsible for technology and the cars. On 1 December 1999, Willy Rampf, an old friend of the team, returned from Munich to Hinwil. The Bavarian from Thalheim had been with Sauber as a race engineer until the end of 1997, including three years for Heinz-Harald Frentzen. After that, the graduated vehicle engineer went to Munich for two years to work for BMW. From 1979 to 1993 he had already worked for BMW in Munich and South Africa.

    Jacky Eeckelaert (47) was head of Test Team in 2000 and 2001. This year he will be responsible for Track Engineering. This Belgian has been in motorsports for 23 years and has gathered valuable experience in several Formula One teams. Furthermore, he will be Felipe Massa's Race Engineer.

    Osamu Goto (54) from Japan has been Engine Director since 1997. From 1969 to 1990 he worked for Honda, at the end for seven years in Formula One. Before coming to Sauber, he worked for McLaren (1991 to 1993) and Ferrari (1994 to 1996). In Hinwil, Goto is principally responsible for projects of the Powertrain Division of SAUBER PETRONAS ENGINEERING AG.

    The Drivers

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    Nick Heidfeld
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    Felipe Massa
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    Team Milestones

    32 Years of Sauber Motorsport

    The small town of Hinwil in the Zurich Highlands is probably not, at first sight, the place you would expect to find a highly developed Formula One centre equipped to the finest technical detail. Only a few steps from where Peter Sauber started out in 1970 as an independent businessman, the high tech race cars have been built for the Formula One World Championships since 1993.

    The development of high technology within the field of motor racing has always fascinated Peter Sauber. While some of today's competitors were already active in the supreme class of motorsport, Peter Sauber started his race car constructor's career with sporting variations of the legendary Volkswagen Beetle.

    C for Christiane

    Soon after, Peter Sauber moved from Beetle tuning to building two-seater open sportscars. The beginning of a long series was the C1 which was designed in the basement of his parents apartment. For the car's name, the constructor chose the first initial of his wife's name Christiane, a tribute to the patience with which she has accepted her husband's frequent absences from home. Until this day all Sauber constructions carry the initial C in their names. The latest model is the C19, the race car for 2000. The only missing number was the C10 (simply because of the German pronunciation), and the only exception to the rule was a car with the C291 specification.

    In the beginning, the boss raced the cars himself. Although Peter Sauber's ambitions were in the constructor's field, he managed to win the Swiss Driversí Championship. But soon he switched from holding the wheel to the constructorís desk, and just as soon the designer's reputation was also to be known outside Switzerland.

    Mercedesí Spearhead

    The first major success of the Hinwil technology plant came towards the end of the eighties. From 1988, Sauber was the spearhead for the return of Mercedes to motorsport. Highlights of this partnership with the renowned manufacturer from Stuttgart include a double win at Le Mans (1989) and both the Constructorsí and Driversí World Championships (1989 and 1990). Among the drivers making history at Sauber in 1990 and 1991 were three young men forming a great junior team: Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger.

    Peter Sauber took the plunge alone into Formula One in 1993, albeit under close observation from Stuttgart. The partnership with Mercedes was revived for a brief period before Sauber became Ford's official works team for two years. The 84 World Championship points scored in 113 Grands Prix were contributed by the drivers JJ Lehto, Karl Wendlinger, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Andrea De Cesaris, Jean-Christophe Boullion, Nicola Larini, Johnny Herbert, Jean Alesi and Pedro Diniz; Gianni Morbidelli and Norberto Fontana never managed to finish in the points.


    Since 1997 Sauber has been structuring its own engine competence. Their entry into the fascinating world of high performance race engines has been made possible by a contract with Ferrari covering technical co-operation. Sauber Petronas Engineering AG, a joint-venture with partner Petronas founded in Spring 1996, is not only active in the construction and development of race engines but also markets technological Formula One competence commercially.

    High Tech Development Centre

    In Sauberís high tech factory with a total of 8000 square metres more than 200 specialists work almost exclusively for the F1 project. About another 50 employees work for suppliers in the vicinity, occupied solely with the production of F1 components for the Sauber race cars.

    For the design and construction of the race cars, the team have highly modernised CAD systems and an infrastructure for the production of all mechanical parts as well as their own two autoclaves which produce most composite parts. In Summer 1999 a seven-post-rig was installed in a new separate building. The rig allows for the simulation of the car's reactions on any given race track.

    Related Links

    The 2002 Sauber Launch Pictures
    The 2002 Sauber Launch News Report
    The official Sauber web site
    The official Nick Heidfeld web site
    Sauber F1 Statistics on FORIX

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