NEXA Autocolor joins Virgin Racing for debut of VR-01 race car

Virgin Racing drivers Lucas Di Grassi (far left) and Timo Glock join NEXA Autocolor employees Heidi Cantwell, communications manager, and Paul Tranter, business development manager, at the launch event for Virgin Racing's debut car, VR-01.
Feb. 10, 2010 – The new Virgin Racing Formula 1 team, one of the sport’s four new entrants for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, has proudly unveiled its debut race car, the VR-01.

The team was launched at an event in London last December, but with the focus now firmly on developing the groundbreaking VR-01 for the start of the 2010 season, it was fitting that the rollout of the new car should be "all-digital." All eyes were on the car’s distinctive red and black livery as the VR-01 commenced its tour of duty at a photographic studio, ahead of an official launch presentation on Painted in leading-edge NEXA Autocolor coatings products, the magnificent car was taken directly to Silverstone, where it was prepared for a two-day shakedown prior to its first scheduled test in Jerez.

Richard Denison, marketing manager for NEXA Autocolor coatings, said that, as official paint supplier for the VR-01, “We are delighted to see the unveiling of the debut race car – VR-01. The car looks truly stunning in the distinctive red and black livery, demonstrating outstanding colour quality. We are thrilled with the superb finish of the car that has been achieved through the use of our NEXA Autocolor products.”

Sir Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin group, said: “What a car! ... It’s been fantastic to be part of this journey almost from the very beginning and to see a great engineering mind at work. I’m sure we will be measured by how fast the car is on the track in Jerez, but I hope that doesn’t overshadow the far bigger achievement of pulling an entire racing team together and taking a brave step that defies convention. In many ways this is an exploration, but given the absolute self-belief we have seen, I can’t help but feel very excited about what we can go on to achieve in the years ahead. For now, though, I’m looking forward to seeing the VR-01 on-track in testing in the coming weeks as we prepare for Virgin Racing’s very first grand prix.”

Next, the Virgin Racing team will take part in the following open F1 tests in preparation for the 2010 season:
  10-13 February: Jerez, Spain
  17-20 February: Jerez, Spain
  25-28 February: Barcelona, Spain

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