His grandfather was an Austrian rally champion, his uncle was the first Tyrolean to compete in Formula 1 and his father no less a figure than champion in the German Formula 3 Trophy. So you could say that a passion for racing runs in Rene’s blood.
The 25-year-old from Fügen in the Zillertal is currently Austria’s only entrant in the official feeder series’ of Formula 1.
Based between Pilsen and Prague, the squad finished second in the team standings of the Formula V8 series in 2016 with drivers Rene Binder and Roy Nissany.
The team, led by their founder Antonin Charouz, has officially lined up under the Lotus banner since 2012 and has signed none other than the Brazilian, Pietro Fittipaldi, to drive alongside the young Austrian during the 2017 season. Pietro is the grandson of ex-Lotus driver Emerson Fittipaldi, who secured two F1 world championship titles in the legendary black and gold livery.
From the outset, the World Series has been able to establish itself as one of the most important junior series on the planet thanks to a high-performance racing car, whose speed through the turns is on a par with F1. Exceptional drivers such as Fernando Alonso, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have taken this route to break into grand prix motor racing – at the very least, it has enabled many other talented drivers to make the step up to becoming pros.
With a new name and as partner series to the FIA WEC (FIA long-distance series), the ‘World Series Formula V8 3.5’ will also be contested in the USA, Mexico and Bahrain for the first time in 2017.
Technical specifications and performance data:
Engine: 3,396cc V8-Zytek
Power: 530 bhp – 445 Nm at 7,250 r/min
Vehicle weight: 623 kg