A genuine legacy
The Wolf brand appeared on the motorsport scene back in 1976, when the Canadian Walter Wolf founded Walter Wolf Racing. The team took part in the Formula 1 World Championship for four years running from 1976 to 1979, fielding several drivers, amongst which Jody Scheckter, Jacky Ickx, Chris Amon and Arturo Merzario.
A new era
The golden-black livery of the team came back to racing in 2009, when the brand’s rights were acquired by the Italian team Avelon Formula led by Giovanni Bellarosa, who decided to start an innovative project: the Wolf GB08. The car, a CN2 class Sports Prototype pushed by a Honda 2 litres engine was built with high ambitions and aiming to open a new era in the category.
The Italian job
The debut of the new challenger took place on April 25th, 2010 at the Misano World Circuit, on the opening round of the Italian Prototype Championship. Ivan Bellarosa dominated the whole weekend, claiming the pole position and scoring the first of a very long streak of victories. The Wolf GB08 was unrivalled during the whole season and Bellarosa was crowned Italian Champion at the end of a dominant campaign in which he always started from the front row, three times from the pole position, with two wins, seven second places and five fastest laps of the race. The first international win arrived in the same month at the Eurosport Prototype Series.
In the two years of 2013-2014 the Wolf GB08 won the Portuguese Championship, CISP and the Austro-German SCC division 2, while the factory started to focus to the production of new models adapted to the needs of the American and Asian markets, while also approaching hill climb racing. Among the new models, the Wolf GB08 F1 obtained the FIA Formula 1 2015 homologation. Wolf Racing Cars took part in the 83rd 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14th, 2015. After triumphing with its Wolf GB08 in the Belgian Belcar and Endurance Champions Cup, Wolf Racing Cars added its name to the hall of fame of the 6 Hours of Rome in November.
A Tornado approaches
The big news of 2017 was the Wolf GB08 Tornado, the brand new Sports two-seater that made its debut in Australia in March impressing everyone with it's sleek design and performance. Ivan Bellarosa became the Sports Prototypes Italian Champion with the car in 2017 claiming 11 wins in 12 races. The new Tornado challenger won several Endurance races, among which the 3 Hours of Imola, displaying a superior performance compared to the higher class LMP3 cars. The Tornado awarded Wolf Racing Cars with the 100th pole position at the 6 Hours of Rome.
Lightning strikes twice
In the end of 2017 the Italian motorsport federation, ACI, expressed a wish to renew the Italian Prototype Championship with a car that met the extreme demands of a one-make class. Wolf stepped up to the challenge and used the manufacturers extensive knowledge to create the Thunder. A lightweight, hyperfast prototype that attracted over 20 drivers in it's first season!