Lufthansa AMR are ready to unveil their 2017 challenger, the AMR-FV-3, on the opening Sunday of the New Year, the team has revealed.
The team spoke to representatives of the Formula Virtual organisation before the Christmas holidays, detailing more about the team's 2017 chassis and their aspirations for the year ahead.
"We're set to enter our fourth season of competition far higher up the ladder than we previously anticipated," stated Team Owner Ryan Petersen. "We have a very small but dedicated team behind the Lufthansa AMR Formula Virtual operation, and early scale wind tunnel tests indicate that upward trajectory is set to continue as we move onward."
Eramie Kole, Chief Technical Officer and team leader of the team's aero division, offered clues about the 2017 car, hinting at another low-nose configuration and several updates.
"We have a bit of a philosophy at AMR that the speed is made up in the corners first and the straights second," he stated. "We have a strong emphasis on corner entry and mid-turn speed, with a high aero rake to help stability with a faster cornering speed."
"It's something that's helped us many times in 2016 with a drag deficit on the straights. We can enter the corners later and with a more aggressive line which helps our drivers defend when slipstreamed."
German Star Alliance airline Lufthansa have agreed to stay on board as a title sponsor, although this may become a thing of the past following large losses for the company last financial quarter. The livery design is expected to reflect this with Kole saying there will be "plenty of blue and gold" across the car.
The topic inevitably shifted to the team's 2017 driver line-up, as AMR are yet to confirm who'll line up alongside Felix Beyer, who enjoyed his best season in Formula Virtual to date.
"We're considering a number of options, as well as offers from our competitors," replied Petersen. "Lewis is very much still in the frame, but we'd prefer to assess all our avenues before making a decision. It's an important call that we'd rather not rush."