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Another of those "reveals", this time of the Formula 3000 and Formula BMW classes.

1. Formula 3000

The International Formula 3000 Championship was established in 1985 as the final graduation category for drivers before entering Formula One. Since 2001, Formula 3000 has been restructured, bringing it even closer to Formula One. Drivers that have used Formula 3000 as a springboard to their professional motorsports careers include Nick Heidfeld, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sebastien Bourdais, Tom Kristensen and Jan Magnussen.

The core of a Formula 3000 car is the Lola chassis and the 460 horsepower 3 litre Zytek V8 engine. No other car in RACE Pro delivers the cornering and braking ability of the Formula 3000; these will need some getting used to before players can begin to explore this car’s true potential.

• Key Stats

Power: 460 bhp @ 8500 rpm

Torque: 405 Nm @ 7500 rpm

Weight: 565 kg

Top speed: > 280 km/h

2. Formula BMW

Formula BMW is a junior racing formula for single seater cars and is positioned at the lower end of the motorsport career ladder. It is intended to provide young kart racing graduates their first experience of car racing. The new formula was created by BMW Motorsport in 2002 and has since been considered as a useful step in the life of up and coming race drivers. Nico Rosberg is a prime example of a Formula BMW champion who is now a permanent fixture on the Formula One racing circuit.

The Formula BMW FB02 is powered by a BMW motorcycle engine developing 160 horsepower. When coupled to a sequential transmission and put in a car that weighs a mere 445kg, a thrilling drive is guaranteed.

• Key Stats

Power: 160 bhp @ 8250 rpm

Torque: 150 Nm @ 6750 rpm

Weight: 445 kg

Top speed: > 200 km/h

About RACE Pro:

RACE Pro recreates a breathtaking reality giving players the ultimate racing simulation experience so that nothing gets closer to the action and thrill of professional car racing. RACE Pro provides unrivalled realism and deep immersion into the racing world through ultra realistic car models and official FIA championships and tracks. Developed by renowned award-winning game developer SimBin, a leading creator of PC racing simulators, RACE Pro is scheduled to speed into stores in January 2009 exclusively for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

For more information on RACE Pro, visit www.atari.com/racepro

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