|Engine suppliers||VLT · Lepanto|
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The Premier Tier season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix (from French, originally meaning great prizes), held throughout the world on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a points system to determine two annual World Championships, one for drivers, one for constructors.
Premier Tier cars are the fastest road course racing cars in the world, owing to very high cornering speeds achieved through the generation of large amounts of aerodynamic downforce. Premier Tier cars race at speeds of up to 360 km/h (220 mph) with engines currently limited in performance to a maximum of 15,000 RPM. The cars are capable of lateral acceleration in excess of five g in corners. The performance of the cars is very dependent on electronics – although traction control and other driving aids have been banned since 2008 – and on aerodynamics, suspension and tyres. The formula has radically evolved and changed through the history of the sport.
Racing & Strategy
VLT Premier Sport
VLT has been a participant in the Premier Tier since 1978, when it began to compete by buying the remains of the former Courtemanche 1T team, which had been sold off by the constructor and forced to continue independently one year earlier. Ever since, the massive investments by the VLT Group have maintained the team in the top 5 of the competition.
Ever since the beginning of the Premier Tier’s first season in 1950, Lepanto Racing has competed with significant successes, but also with significant downs, thanks to frequent shortages of funds. Since the Lepanto merger with VLT in 2007, the available budget has increased and stabilized, whereas the competition between the two brands has only become more significant in recent years, contrary to the fears of a number of critics.
The third Van Luxemburger competitor in the field is the factory team of Big Three manufacturer Müller. As it receives significantly less funding from the Müller conglomerate than other corporate competitors such as Lepanto and VLT, the team has been relegated to a middle tier outfit, even though it greatly contributed to the popularity of the sport in the late 1960s when Müller, Courtemanche and Lepanto where constantly competing for the top position.
|Current circuits (for the 2015 season) are shown in bold|
- The "Map" column shows a diagram of the latest configuration on current tracks and the last configuration used on past tracks.
- The "Type" column refers to the type of circuit: "street" is a circuit held on closed city streets, "road" refers to a mixture of public roads and a permanent track, and "race" is a permanent facility.
- The "Current Length" shows the last distance traveled on past tracks.
|Circuit||Map||Type||Direction||Location||Current length||Grands Prix||Season(s)||Grands Prix held|
|Circuit de Librilla||150px||Race circuit||Clockwise||Librilla, Valipac||Template:Sort||Valian Grand Prix||1967-2015||48|
|Circuit de Águilas||150px||Street circuit||Clockwise||Águilas, Valipac||Template:Sort||Valian Grand Prix
Águilas Grand Prix
|1950-1967, 1970-1984, 1986-2010, 2015||46|
|Circuit Lyonnais||150px||Race circuit||Clockwise||Lyon, Valcluse||Template:Sort||Valclusian Grand Prix||1980-2015||35|
|Circuito di Villacipresso||100px||Race circuit||Clockwise||Villacipresso, Arvaglio, Van Luxemburg||Template:Sort||Van Luxemburger Grand Prix||1972-1998, 2006-2015||34|