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MCT backs Superleague Formula with lightweight V12 design

Menard Competition Technologies Limited (MCT)' one of the world's leading motorsport technology organisations' will be supplying Superleague Formula with engines for the new series' which launched today. The championship' which commences in August 2008' is a unique concept utilising single-seater chassis and supported by some of Europe's leading football teams' including AC Milan' PSV Eindhoven' FC Porto and Olympiacos.

Given a blank sheet of paper and a brief to ignite motorsport and footballing passions across the world' MCT's team of world championship-winning designers came up with the concept of a lightweight V12 engine to propel the cars. A compact 4.2 litre unit was penned specifically for the series' the engine producing in excess of 750 horsepower at 11'750rpm' at the flywheel. The unit weighs in at 140 kilos' measuring just under 700mm in length.

Superleague Formula's Competition Director' Robin Webb' one of the key personnel behind the SF concept' is delighted that MCT will be the engine partner to the series and noted: "It's great news that MCT has joined us to deliver an utterly unique technical package that will excite driver' sponsor and' most importantly' spectator.

"We are extremely excited about Superleague Formula and the marketing opportunities the concept opens up for our commercial partners. Yet' for the programme to succeed' it needs a market-leading technical platform. With the expertise of MCT and its championship-winning success behind us' we are giving ourselves exactly that."

Charlie Bamber' managing director of MCT' noted: "We're delighted to be working alongside the Superleague Formula team on the project. The V12 design' as well as being at the forefront of contemporary engine design philosophy' is one that will excite crowds across the world by bringing the music and noise of the track to mix with the football-inspired fervour of the grandstands."

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Notes to editors:

Menard Competition Technologies Limited (MCT) is based at Leafield Technical Centre' near Witney' Oxfordshire and offers bespoke solutions to the motorsport' advanced automotive and aerospace sectors. Its United States facility is based in Indianapolis.

Leafield Technical Centre includes other advanced automotive organisations' including the Super Aguri F1 team.

Expertise includes total engine design' development and manufacturing capabilities' chassis build and development' gearbox dynamometer' a complete composites department' as well as total project management and track support.

MCT's customers include leading teams and manufacturers from NASCAR' international sports car series and a number of European and North American single seater championships.

MCT has in excess of thirty year's experience at the pinnacle of the world motorsport industry. Its management team boasts championship success across F1' sportscars' touring cars' IRL' CART and NASCAR.

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