British GP2 class at BSB since 2018 | Superbike Magazine (2023)

This is the press release and full new regulations for the new GP2 class that will compete in the 2018 British SuperBike Championship series.

British Championship organizers, MSVR, are delighted to confirm the establishment of a new racing category to run alongside the Dickies British Supersport Championship.

The middleweight class for machines with a typical displacement of 600cc has regularly delivered some of the toughest and tightest racing of all time and was confined solely to production-based models for almost three decades.

After two years of evaluation, prototype machines with specifications similar to those used in the World and European Championships in the Moto2 class are now officially entering the British Championship.

The new category, dubbed 'British GP2', will allow both existing Honda-powered Moto2 machines entered in World or European Championship competitions, as well as new projects from independent manufacturers using any 600cc four- or three-cylinder engine with a displacement of 675 cc with a very similar technical specification. Action 600.

The British Supersport and British GP2 classes compete side-by-side and are scored separately, along with a background ranking to see who is the best of the best.

Stuart Higgs, on behalf of the MSVR series promoter, commented: “This is a critical issue for this racing category. We have long had a concern that certain manufacturers have stopped producing 600cc sport bikes, which has a direct impact on the sustainability of the Supersport class.

“The integration of custom built bikes with race chassis and standard engine has proven to be on par with Supersport's technical level of a standard chassis and tuned engine.

“At World Championship level they are on the verge of migrating to a new generation of Moto2 machines and engines that will allow the flow of gear not previously available on the market. This, coupled with a resurgence of interest from independent engineering firms eager to develop racing hardware, makes this an ideal time to update this very important category of racing.

“Personally, I am very pleased to see a new level of machine prototyping in the British Championship. I think the public will appreciate the show and having the drivers and teams exposed to chassis development will be an incredible asset to its progress.”

The full technical regulations for the class are below.


Machines competing in the British GP2 Championship must comply with the MCRCB BRITISH GP2 CHAMPIONSHIP REGULATIONS. These are as follows and are correct at the time of going to press of these regulations but are subject to any changes by the MCRCB which will be published by way of an MCRCB Bulletin.

5.2.8 The British GP2 class is intended to accommodate non-homologated chassis specifications and technology.

For clarity, they are described as follows:

British GP2. Machines using a complete prototype or modified production chassis, wishbones, upper and lower wishbones, bodywork and fuel tanks and using any three or four cylinder engine that appears on the FIM Supersport or Superstock homologation list.

Moto2 machines previously competing in the Moto2 World Championship or Moto2 European Championship (CEV) and equipped with Honda CBR 600 engines and prior to the 1 Externpro specification. Proof of previous ownership must be provided.



All motorcycles must comply in all respects with all road racing requirements as set out in the Technical Regulations. Machine Specifications
Select items listed below must be MCRCB/MSVR approved. A list of approved parts will be made available to teams and manufacturers. Comparison of different motorcycle concepts
To balance the performance of motorcycles with different engine configurations, minimum weight changes may be applied according to their respective race performance. The decision to apply a handicap system to an applicable team can be made by the MCRCB/MSVR at any time.

These handicaps follow the system described in of the Superbike regulations but are adapted to the GP2 class. Engine configurations and displacements over 400cc to 600cc 4-stroke 4-cylinder
Over 500cc to 675cc 4-stroke 3-cylinder

The displacement capacities must remain within the permitted size. Modification of bore and stroke to meet class limits is not permitted. Minimum Weights
A combined rider and machine weight of 222kg for the 600cc 4-cylinder and 675cc 3-cylinder machines

The machine is weighed with the driver in racing clothes including a helmet. Adding weight, including fuel or water, after training or racing is not allowed.

There is no tolerance for the minimum weight.

During the practice and qualifying sessions, each rider may be required to submit their motorcycle to a weight check, in any case the rider and team must comply with this requirement.

The use of ballast above the minimum weight limit is permitted. The use of ballast and the weight should

The use of MMC (Metal Matrix Composite) and FRM (Fibre Reinforced Metal) materials is prohibited

any part of the motorcycle. The use of titanium in the construction of the frame, front fork, handlebars

Rods, swingarms/spindles and wheel axles are prohibited. For thru-axles the use of light

Alloys are also prohibited.

be reported to the technical manager in the preliminary check. License Plate Colors
Front: white background, red numbers
Page: Any background color with a contrasting color number that clearly stands out from the background and conforms to G3.29.3. For ease of identification, the numbers must be surrounded by a single black line at least 5mm thick.
In the event of a dispute as to the legibility of the numbers, the decision of the MCRCB will be final. Flammable
MCRCB Control Fuel must be used in every practice, qualifying and race. This is supplied by WP Racing; consult F Championship terms and bulletins issued by MSVR. Tires
The MCRCB will enforce a selection of tires controlled by Pirelli. Additional terms will be set out in the bulletins issued by the Series/MSVR organizers.

The use of tire warmers is permitted.
Any modification (cutting, grooving) is prohibited.

For the race weekend (free practice and qualifying practice, warm-up and race) there is a tire usage restriction which is as follows.
Four rear tires (dry) and four front tires (dry) This only applies to the use of Pirelli Slick 120/180 tires. The use of completely wet tires is not restricted.

No tire change is allowed during a dry race at a red flag stop (including a dry race with stop where less than 3 laps of its length has been completed by the leader) unless the race status is changed to wet announced by the race management - see E 1.10.

In the event of an exceptional tire change authorized by the Technical Manager with proven tire damage, the driver must initiate the restart from the rear starting position or the pit lane exit.

Any other unauthorized tire changes will result in a penalty. Motor.
All engines must meet BSB Superstock 600 technical standards unless otherwise noted.

The series aims for a power ceiling of 125 hp. All machines are tested on the BSB Dyno. Failure to comply will result in weight and/or speed limits and/or other sporting sanctions. Fuel injection systems
Fuel injection systems refer to throttle body, fuel injector, variable length intake manifold, fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator.

The original homologated fuel injection system must be used as supplied with the original donor engine.

Throttle body inlet isolators can be modified.

The injectors must be standard units as in the homologated engine. The flared muzzles, including their attachment points, may be modified or replaced with those installed by the manufacturer on the originally approved donor engine.

Butterflies cannot be changed or modified.

cylinder head

Modifications are not allowed.

Inventory cannot be added or removed
The cylinder head gasket cannot be modified from the homologated standard

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Valves, valve seats, valve guides, valve springs, lift hubs, cotter pins, spring bases, shims, oil seals and spring retainers must be the same as originally manufactured by the manufacturer for the type-approved engine.


A change is not permitted. (The Honda Externpro specification is exempt and must use Honda Externpro cams.) Driving style must remain as approved.
The cam timing approved by the engine manufacturer cannot be changed.

Gears or cam gears

Modifications are not allowed


Cylinders must not be modified.


Modifications are not allowed.

Piston rings

Modifications are not allowed.

Piston Pins & Clips

Modifications are not allowed.

connect rods

Modifications are not allowed.

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Modifications are not allowed. Polishing and rinsing is not allowed.

Crankcase/transmission and all other engine housings (e.g. ignition housing, clutch housing).

The crankcases must remain as approved. Modifications are not allowed.
The crankcases must remain as approved. Modifications (including painting, polishing and rinsing) are not permitted.

It is not allowed to add a pump used to create a vacuum in the crankcase. If a vacuum pump is installed on the homologated motorcycle, it may only be used as homologated.

Covers and side protection

Side covers may be changed, modified or replaced. In case of change or modification, the cover must have at least the same impact resistance as the original. In the event of an exchange, the case must be made of material of equal or greater specific gravity and the overall weight of the case must not be less than the original.

Any side covers/engine cases that contain oil and may contact the ground in an impact must be protected by a secondary cover made of metal such as aluminum alloy, stainless steel, steel or titanium.

In addition to these covers, mudguards or bars made of aluminum or steel are also permitted. All of these devices must be designed to withstand sudden impact, abrasion and impact damage.

MCRCB approved covers are acceptable regardless of material.

The Technical Director has the right to prohibit any cover if the evidence shows that the cover is not effective. Transmission/Gearbox
All translations/gear ratios, axles, shift drum and shift forks can be changed or replaced. The design concept must remain the same as the original homologated parts.

Only one set of gear ratios can be selected for the season. The selected conditions must be reported to the technical control MSVR. In the event that a team later has an identifiable technical issue or other proven and unavoidable hardware supply issue, the CTO may authorize a one-time change in gear ratios. In the event that a team exercises this one-time option, the drivers concerned will have to start the first race of the first event under the new conditions with a +6 grid penalty.

Primary gears (and translation) must remain homologated.
Countershaft sprocket, rear wheel sprocket, chain pitch and size can be changed. An aftermarket quick shifter can be installed. clutch
An aftermarket slipper clutch (wet or dry) may be used and the mode of operation (cable or hydraulic) must remain the same as the homologated donor engine.
Blipper systems cannot be used
The addition of an air purification system can be used.
Rear control torsion springs and their number can be changed. Oil pumps, water pumps and oil pipes
Oil lines can be modified or replaced. Oil lines containing positive pressure, if replaced, must be of metal reinforced construction with swaged or bolted connections.

The oil pump and water pump must not be modified. Radiators and oil coolers

The design and construction of the cooling system is free provided that only aluminum alloy is used throughout the construction.
It is the responsibility of the teams/drivers to ensure that the cooler meets the engine operating parameters specified by the official supplier or those of the homologated engine used as a donor.

The standard oil cooler approved for the donor engine is mandatory, additional oil coolers are not permitted. Airbox
The airbox must remain as originally produced by the donor engine manufacturer.

The resonance chamber on top of the airbox lid can be changed, modified or removed (this only applies to Moto2 machines built before January 1st, 2018)

The air filter element can be removed or replaced. Airbox drains must be sealed.

All motorcycles must have a closed ventilation system. The oil vent line must be connected and open into the air box. Fuel supply
The fuel pump can be modified to accommodate the prototype tank.

The fuel pressure must match that originally intended for the original donor engine.

Fuel lines from the fuel tank to the injectors (fuel hoses, pressure pipe assembly, gaskets, clamps, fuel can) can be replaced.

The fuel line(s) from the fuel tank to the fuel injection system must be routed in this way

A reservoir can be installed in the engine breather between the engine and airbox. The collection container is

exclusively for collecting engine fluids, other functions (e.g. pressure change) are not required.

allowed and ventilation connections may only be directly between the engine, expansion tank and airbox.

The collection container and the connections must be visible at all times (i.e. they must not be permanently installed).

on the chassis or other parts).

protected from possible impact damage.
Quick couplers or quick couplers for dry brakes can be used. Fuel vent lines can be replaced.

Fuel filters can be added. Exhaust system

Exhaust pipes and mufflers can be modified or changed. Catalysts need to be removed.

For safety reasons, the exposed edges of the exhaust pipe outlets must be rounded to avoid sharp edges.

Packing of exhaust systems is not permitted except in the rider's foot area or in an area in contact with the heat protection panel.

The noise limit for all classes is 107 dB/A (with a tolerance of 3 dB/A after the race). There is also a team tolerance of 2dB/A, the actual maximum before the race or practice is 109dB/A and after the race or practice it is 112dB/A. Electrics and Electronics ECU/Engine Control Unit

A factory 'Kit ECU' from the MCRCB Supersport Approval List can be used as well as any other MCRCB/MSVR approved ECU but must have the same functionality as Supersport.

Traction control is not allowed, any ECU with this capability must have the functionality disabled.

Maximum speed limit: Generator, alternator, electric starter No modifications allowed

The electric starter must function normally and always be able to start the engine during the event. Additional equipment
Additional electronic hardware equipment can be added (e.g. data acquisition, a rear wheel speed sensor for data acquisition ONLY, computers, recorders)

Note: Under no circumstances is a front wheel speed sensor permitted.

The addition of a device to transmit an infrared (IR) signal between the driver and his team, used solely for lap timing, is permitted.
Adding a GPS device for lap timing/judging purposes is allowed.

Telemetry is not allowed. . Wiring Harness
The wiring harness can be modified or replaced. Additional wiring harnesses can be added. It is allowed to cut the wiring harness. Battery
Battery size and type can be changed and relocated. Frame body
The main frame must be a prototype chassis or a modified version of a chassis approved for production. Chassis, body and rear subframe for more information on the rear subframe).
Only holes may be drilled in the frame to attach approved components (e.g. fairing brackets, steering damper bracket, sensors).

The sides of the frame body may be covered with a protective piece of composite material. These protectors have to adapt to the shape of the frame.

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600cc 4 cylinder models

Standard plus 750 rpm to not exceed 16,000 rpm

675cc 3 cylinder models

Standard plus 600 rpm to not exceed 15,200 rpm

The chassis and rear subframe must be of a design and construction pattern from which it is free. (Please look


The coloring is not restricted. However, it is not allowed to polish the frame body or the subframe. Front forks
The forks used must be approved by the organizer of the series.

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Exception: For the 2018 season: Moto 2 machines built before January 1st, 2018 may use the forks of the motorcycle originally sold and raced in other championships. In the event that hardware replacement is required, it must conform to the specified parts of the series.

Steering damper can be added.

The steering damper cannot limit the steering angle. Rear fork (rocker arm)

A chain guard should be installed to reduce the possibility of a rider's body being pinched between the lower chain run and the rear sprocket.

The rear wheel carrier mounts can be welded or screwed to the rear wishbone. The supports must have rounded edges (with a large radius). Threaded pins must be countersunk. An anchoring system or point(s) can be added to the rear swingarm to hold the Original Equipment rear brake caliper in place.
. Rear suspension unit
The rear end used must be homologated by the series organizer.

Moto2 machines built before 1st January 2018 can use the unit supplied with the machine but if replaced it must be an MCRCB/MSVR approved list.

The rear suspension springs can be changed.
Prototype or aftermarket electronically controlled suspensions cannot be used.

The rear suspension linkage may be an adjustable unit. The linkboard layout is open. Wheels

It must be made of alloys.

The following alloy materials may not be used for rims: beryllium (>=5%), scandium (>=2%), lithium (>=1%)

Rim diameter front and rear 17 inches

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Rim width front wheel 3.50 inch or 3.75 inch Rim width rear wheel 5.50 inch or 6.00 inch Brakes
Motorcycles must have at least one independently functioning brake on each wheel.
Only brake discs made of ferrous materials are permitted.
Brake calipers and master brake cylinders are open, but must be homologated by the series organizer. Motorcycles must be equipped with a brake lever guard designed to protect the handlebar brake lever(s) from accidental operation in the event of a collision with another machine.
Such devices must be strong enough to work effectively, designed so as not to injure or entrap the rider, and not be considered a hazardous accessory (at the sole discretion of the Technical Director).
Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are not permitted. Brake inputs must be actuated and controlled solely by the driver's manual inputs. Conventional hydraulic hand/foot controls are acceptable, such as B. Master/slave cylinders for brake systems.
No increase or control of brake pressure by electronic or mechanical systems other than

The Swing Arm can be a prototype that is free in design and construction, but it can only be

Manufactured from aluminum or a homologated Supersport dispenser.

Direct manual entries by the driver are permitted. In particular, braking systems designed to prevent the wheel from locking when the driver applies the brakes are prohibited.

Front and rear hydraulic brake lines should be of steel braiding and should be readily available on the open market from an established manufacturer. Quick couplings can be used. The front wheel brake lines for double brake calipers at the front must be divided above the lower edge of the fork bridge (lower fork bridge).

Front and rear brake pads can be changed. The brake pad locking pins can be modified for quick change type.

Additional air ducts are allowed. Handlebars and hand controls
Handlebars, throttle assembly and associated wiring, hand controls and levers must be commercially available from an established manufacturer. Footrests/Foot Control
Foot rests/foot controls should be readily available on the open market from an established manufacturer.

The footrests can be rigidly mounted or foldable, which must include a device to return them to their normal position.

The end of the footrest must have a minimum fixed spherical radius of 8mm. Non-folding footrests must have a permanently attached end (cap) made of aluminium, plastic, Teflon® or equivalent material (minimum 8mm radius). The stud surface should be designed to reach as wide an area of ​​the footrest as possible. The Technical Director has the right to reject any plug that does not meet this safety objective. Fuel tank

The fuel tanks have an open design but must be made of aluminum or a homologated Supersport dispenser.
At any time, the Technical Director may request the team to replace any part of the fuel system with other off-the-shelf parts.

Exotic materials cannot be used to enclose carbon fiber.
All fuel tanks must be filled with flame retardant material (open cell mesh, ie “Explosafe®”).

Fuel tanks with tank ventilation ducts must be fitted with non-return valves which open into a sump of suitable material with a minimum capacity of 250 cm³.

Gas caps must be leakproof when closed. In addition, they must be well sealed so that they cannot be accidentally opened at any time. Paneling/Body
All bodies are open design or in principle from a homologated supersport machine, but must be

made from fiberglass. All exposed edges must be rounded. Moto2 machines can use carbon fiber.

The lower part of the fairing must be constructed in such a way that it contains at least half of the total capacity of oil and coolant (minimum 5 liters) in the event of engine failure.

The bottom edge of each opening must be at least 50mm above the underside of the panel. Subframe/Seat

A carbon fiber monocoque seat unit is permitted and is free in construction. Kevlar can only be used around the mounting frame and all attachment points.

All exposed edges must be rounded. fasteners
Bras of any material and design can be used.

Aluminum fasteners may only be used in non-load-bearing areas.

Titanium fasteners can be used in structural locations, but the strength and design must be equal to or greater than the strength of the standard fastener they replace.

Special steel fasteners can be used in structural locations, strength and design must be fit for purpose.

Clips can be drilled for the security cable.
Fairing/body fasteners may be of the quick disconnect type. The following items MUST BE PRESENT
Motorcycles must be equipped with a working ignition kill switch or button mounted on at least one side of the handlebars (within reach while on the grips) that can shut off a running engine.

It is recommended to equip machines with a red light on the instrument panel. This light should flash when there is a drop in oil pressure.

All drain plugs must be wired. External oil filter screws and studs that are inserted into an oil well must be safety wired (e.g. in oil pans, oil lines, oil coolers, etc.).

All motorcycles must have a closed ventilation system. The oil vent line must be connected and open into the air box.

If vent or overflow pipes are installed, they must be drained through existing drains. The originally closed system must be preserved; no direct atmospheric emission is permitted. RAIN LIGHT

All motorcycles must have a working red light mounted on the rear of the machine for use in wet or poor visibility conditions as directed by race officials. The team must ensure that the light is on whenever a wet tire is fitted to the bike and/or when a practice or race is declared 'wet' by race officials.

The lights must meet the following requirements:
a) The direction of the lights must be parallel to the center line of the machine (direction of travel of the motorcycle) and clearly visible from behind at least 15 degrees to the left and right of the center line of the machine.
b) mounted on the rear seat/body approximately on the center line of the machine, in a position approved by the Technical Director. In the event of any dispute regarding mounting position or visibility, the decision of the Technical Director will be final.
c) Output power/luminance corresponds approximately to: 10 - 15 W (incandescent lamp) 0.6 - 1.8 W (LED).
d) The switch must be accessible.
e) The power supply of the rain light can be separated from the main line and the motorcycle battery.


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In 2017, the series was rebranded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Designed to make racing affordable for the teams and to make it a better training ground for life in Formula One, GP2 made it mandatory for all of the teams to use the same chassis, engine and tyre supplier so that true driver ability is reflected.

What is the difference between F1 and GP2? ›

F1 is very technically advanced. GP2 cars are still complicated machines, but they are much more simple and are all identical, meaning it is the driving that does all of the talking on the circuit. The Dallara GP2/11 was first introduced in 2011 and is raced by the entire 26-car field.

Is GP2 the same as F2? ›

They both are two separate series but runs simultaneously. F2 was called GP2 until last year. There was another F2 but was stopped in 2012, let's not get confused for now.

When did GP2 change to F2? ›

The name returned in 2017 when the former GP2 Series became known as the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Is GP2 undrafted? ›

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Payton II joined the Houston Rockets for the 2016 NBA Summer League.

How much does Formula 2 cost? ›

The actual cars being raced in, at least in Formula 2, can cost roughly somewhere around $650,000 to upwards of over a million dollars. Add up the cost to travel, maintain the vehicle, and just general expenses, you have a pretty expensive hobby.

What is the top speed of a GP2 car? ›

The car and engine

- The cars are powered by a four litre V8 Mecachrome engine which produces 612 HP at 10,000 RPM. - They can accelerate from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds. - The cars have a top speed of around 206mph. - No developments are allowed and all replacement parts must be purchased directly from GP2.

Who did Lewis Hamilton drive for in GP2? ›

Lewis Hamilton (2006)

Also racing for ART, Hamilton followed in the footsteps of Rosberg as he claimed the GP2 title in his first year in the series. While Hamilton could only manage one pole position that year, he also achieved four victories as he beat Nelson Piquet Junior by 12 points overall.

What is the purpose of GP2? ›

Conbextra GP2 is used for precision grouting where it is essential to withstand static and dynamic loads. Typical applications would be grouting of base plates of turbines, compressors, boiler feed pumps, bridge bearing pedastal applications & other critical applications.

How many years can you race in F2? ›

This could restrict his racing activities for next season, and F2 rules dictate that any driver who has won the championship is not permitted to compete in the sport for two years.

How do you mix GP2? ›

Water to powder ratio: Pourable = 0.17 | Flowable = 0.18. Yield: Pourable 12.5 litres and | Flowable 13.3 litres.

What is the strength of GP2? ›

- Conbextra GP2 is a blend of Portland cement, graded fillers and chemical additives which impart controlled expansion in the plastic state whilst minimising water demand.
Product Specification.
Compressive Strength28 KN/mm2
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What is GP2? ›

GP 2 Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called sulfonylureas and is used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. It helps control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes thereby preventing serious complications of diabetes such as kidney damage and blindness.

How much horsepower does a GP2 have? ›

Dallara GP2/11
Technical specifications
EngineMecachrome V8108 4.0 L (244 cu in) V8 90° naturally aspirated, rear-engined, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionHewland 6-speed + 1 reverse sequential semi-automatic
Power612 hp (456 kW) @ 10,000 rpm, 500 N⋅m (370 ft⋅lbf) torque
Weight688 kg (1,517 lb) including driver
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