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Force India usher in a new era at Mumbai launch 07 Feb 2008

Force India F1 Team Livery Launch, Mumbai, India, Thursday 7 February 2008. World © Sutton
Force India F1 Team Livery Launch, Mumbai, India, Thursday 7 February 2008. World © Sutton Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 with Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Force India F1 and Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1. Force India F1 Drivers aboard Indian Empress, Mumbai, India, 6 February 2008. World © Moy/Sutton

Force India launched their 2008 season in style on Thursday, unveiling their challenger at an official ceremony in Mumbai. The new car - a revised version of the 2007 Spyker - has been named the VJM01.

The glittering event, which took place on the Indian city’s glamorous waterfront at the historic Gateway of India monument, also gave the assembled guests the first glimpse of the car's striking new gold, tungsten and white livery.

“Today is a memorable day not only for me as the owner of India’s first-ever Formula One team, but also for millions of Indians who can today watch India occupy a place of pride as Force India becomes the first and only Indian Formula One racing team to compete with the best in the world, at the pinnacle of motorsport,” commented team co-owner Vijay Mallya at the launch.

“The Force India Formula One Team is the new global face of an emerging superpower and is today increasingly viewed as a team that will change the dynamics of Formula One, bottom up and a team that dares to dream. Most importantly, the Force India Formula One Team has come to epitomize the dream of every Indian and is powered by the passion of a billion hearts!”

Incumbent driver Adrian Sutil, who drove for the former Spyker team last season, was present at the launch, alongside new team mate Giancarlo Fisichella and third driver Vitantonio Liuzzi.

The VJM01 will make its track debut later this month during testing in Spain. The maiden run is expected to take place at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on February 25.