Leading junior single-seater team Carlin has attracted investment from New Zealand-based manufacturer Rodin Cars and has rebranded as Rodin Carlin.
Carlin currently competes in Formula 2, FIA Formula 3, GB3 and British F4. For 2023 will join two more series, F1 Academy and Spanish F4. Other categories it has previously contested include IndyCar and its feeder series Indy Lights (now Indy Nxt).
The Rodin brand already backs two young New Zealanders who have driven for Carlin in recent years. These are Japanese Super Formula-bound Red Bull junior Liam Lawson, who carried Rodin logos on his F2 car last year, and British Formula 4 racer Louis Sharp.
Rodin set up a base at Donington Park in 2021 for its high–performance cars which are influenced by Formula 1 designs. It has also worked with W Series champion Jamie Chadwick.
Under the new deal, Rodin Cars has become the majority shareholder in Carlin, which is based in the English town of Farnham and has been led since its foundation by Trevor Carlin.
He will continue to be team principal, and his wife Stephanie will continue as deputy team principal, and the investment from Rodin will bring about “no changes to personnel or operations”.
“Our investment in the team emphasises our intent in the motorsport sector, which has been a huge passion for me for many years,” Rodin Carlin chairman David Dicker said.
“Trevor and I have an obsession with performance and competition that will cement the place of the Rodin Carlin team at the front in the coming seasons.”
Carlin’s expansion into the American single-seater scene in the previous scene came about thanks to the backing of Grahame Chilton, who bought into the team in November 2009. His son Max raced for Carlin in British F3, GP2 (now F2), Indy Lights and IndyCar.
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