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Formula LGB Swift
Overview
Manufacturer Super Speeds (Pvt) Ltd, India
Production 2004 - Present
Body and chassis
Class Open wheeled formula racing car
Chassis Spaceframe

Formula LGB Swift is a single seater, open wheel class in motorsport in India launched in 2003. The cars are powered by 1.3 liter Maruti Esteem engines (also used in the Suzuki Swift) and are driven by top and upcoming Indian drivers in the National Racing Championship. This car can be considered as an Indian equivalent of Europe’s Formula Ford series, where it is void of aerodynamic aids like wings. From 2006 this car replaced Formula Maruti as an entry level formula car. This series offers the first feel and insights into open wheel racing for an upcoming race driver.

Name[edit]

LGB denotes L. G. Balakrishnan Brothers, the manufacturers of Rolon chains and sprockets. LGB is the parent company of Super Speeds which designs and constructs the cars. Swift denotes the engine supplier Maruti Udyog. The car was named Formula LGB from 2003 till 2005. In 2006 Swift was added to avoid name confusion with the launch of another Hyundai engined Formula LGB (Formula LGB Hyundai) which was slightly different in layout and design.

Formula LGB Swift single seater racing car of Mohammed Aaqib at Kari Motor Speedway track in Coimbatore

Design[edit]

Early version[edit]

The car was originally named Formula LGB from 2003 till 2005 and the engines were the same 1.3 liter used in the Maruti Esteem but in carburated form with a single overhead cam. Still the car had 50% more power (65 b.h.p. being its stock version in carburetor form), than the stock version in race trim.

Current version[edit]

In the 2006 season the car was renamed Formula LGB Swift and Maruti Swift's 1.3 litre 16 valve MPFI engine was refitted. The new engines were left in stock form as the new engines could reach over 90 bhp (67 kW). The engine is mounted in a transverse direction with the stock gearbox as in a front wheel drive car. The wheelbase is between 2190-2200mm and the weight of the car (minus the driver) is 450kg.

Chassis[edit]

The chassis is a steel spaceframe monocoque with fire retardant composite GRP panels. The design is on the heavier side, mainly for structural and safety reasons. The steel tubes are of square section and the tyres are supplied by JK Tyres in a grooved slick pattern. The Formula Swift rides on aluminium wheels and both front and rear tyres are 185/60.

Costs[edit]

Along with Formula LGB Hyundai this is one of the cheapest formula cars in the world to race, with rental for Friday practise, Saturday qualifying and a double race on Sunday (15 laps each), costing only $800 (as of 2005). That rate includes tyres and fuel.

Races[edit]

Races for the national championship are held at Coimbatore's Kari Motor Speedway and at Chennai's MMSC Irrugatukottai track. The car is designed and built by Coimbatore based Super Speeds Pvt. Ltd. for LG Sports, makers of Rolon chains and sprockets, Coimbatore. The car was designed by ex-racer B. Viji (also known as B. Vijaykumar) with JK Tyres being the championship sponsor and also sponsoring some of the drivers. Maruti Udyog presents the championship winner a brand new Maruti car. In 2006 it was Maruti Swift.

Champions[edit]

Year Driver Team Chassis/Engine
JK Tyre National Racing Championship
2004 India Armaan Ebrahim LG Sports Super Speeds - Maruti Esteem 1.3L Carbureted
2005 India Raymond Banajee LG Sports Super Speeds - Maruti Esteem 1.3L Carbureted
2006 India Saran Vikram WSRF Super Speeds - Suzuki Swift 1.3L MPFI
2007 India Ashwin Sundar Rams Racing Super Speeds - Suzuki Swift 1.3L MPFI
2008 India Karthik Shankar Team RAMS Racing Super Speeds - Suzuki Swift 1.3L MPFI
2009 India Sudarshan Rao Team RAMS Racing Super Speeds - Suzuki Swift 1.3L MPFI
2010 India Ajay Kini Team WSRF Super Speeds - Suzuki Swift 1.3L MPFI
2011 India Ameya Walavalkar Team MARS RACINGS Super Speeds - Suzuki Swift 1.3L MPFI
2013 India Deepak Chinnappa Team Anish Racing Super Speeds - Suzuki Swift 1.3L MPFI

* Denotes wins in Formula LGB

See also[edit]

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The Hindu
Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:09:53 -0700

Speaking about the cars, B. Vijayakumar, the man behind the machine, said the older Formula LGB Swift cars built in 2003 had to retire because the technology became old. “The competition is also growing. Where do the drivers go? Racing abroad will cost ...

Sportskeeda

Sportskeeda
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:52:54 -0700

Chennai, June 21 (IANS): Feroze Khan began the defence of his title in the Indian Junior Touring Cars class by winning both the races run here Saturday in the second round of the 2014 MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship. While Khan dominated ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 29 May 2014 18:41:15 -0700

“Meco Motorsports has sent us the drivers and we have provided the cars (four saloon & five Formula LGB Swift),” said J. Balamurugan, Director, Spitfire. “It's a unique opportunity to find whether they are good drivers. They can learn the technology ...

Sportskeeda

Sportskeeda
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:18:45 -0700

The Formula LGB Swift Championship will see S. Narendran, who made history by winning all races last year, go up against Goutam Parekh and Ajay Kini among others. Practice will take place Friday with qualifying Saturday. All races will take place ...
 
Business Standard
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 01:57:33 -0700

Ameya Walvalkar and Akhil Devarag of defending champions Team TVS Girling Racing did their team proud by winning both races in the Formula LGB Swift class. While Ameya triumphed in Race 1, Akhil took the chequered flag in Race 2. Fresh from his ...
 
The Hindu
Sun, 27 Nov 2011 12:04:56 -0800

Ameya Walavalkar registered his sixth win of the season in the Formula LGB Swift class, thereby clinching his maiden drivers' championship title in the sixth and final round of the JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship at the MMRT in ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:48:36 -0700

"That earned me a ticket to participate in the Formula LGB Swift Category of the National Racing Championships. I won the championship in 2007." Despite not having a pit crew as big as his competitors, Saran is content seeing the silver lining than ...
 
Chandigarh Tribune
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:37:30 -0800

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