In 1995, Alex Cosentino and Fernando Piedrabuena teamed up to form a Grand Prix 2 team to compete in one of the several hotlap competitions on the Internet. They had done only a couple of races before that league was shutdown. Ever since then, they were looking for a nice league to participate in. Finally, at the beginning of May 2000 they found GP3 Global League (GP3GL). Delighted about the idea of time limitation and also about the strong competition they found, they started in the Amateur 100 division and founded "Chueco's Racing", a name that was a tribute to one of the greatest F1 drivers of all times: Juan Manuel Fangio. Alex Cosentino took the team's first win in Sepang.
As soon as the World Championship was launched in 2001, the team was convinced they wanted to participate in that project, the first professional league in simracing. And they wanted to be the first Argentinean team to compete professionally as well. Then, Faster Than Speed was born.
On March 4th, 2001, in that inaugural World Championship race, with Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 3 simulation, Gjermund Higraff and Alan Bryson were the drivers that gave the panther cars its first outing. It was a successful one, with both drivers bringing the cars in the points. In the World Series, Horacio Romo won the team's first race in the Pro 50 division that same day, later taking the division's championship.
During 2001, FTS obtained its maiden World Championship podium with a 3rd place by Emanuele Conti at Magny Cours. The team finished its first season in 10th place of the standings.
2002 brought a new and better sim, F1 2001, by Electronic Arts and Image Space Incorporated (ISI). GP3GL was renamed to the current Formula SimRacing (FSR). Then F1 2002 came. Faster Than Speed had new team members, but the spirits remained high and the objective was still the same: achieving results but only getting fun on the way. The team finished 11th in the WC standings.
In 2003, Australian Gabriel Garivaldis was appointed as team manager. That year, the team raced under a different name: Flying Colours International. Despite the name change, the team's distinct panther symbol remained intact. 2003 was also the year that the team featured a clear "No War" message on its cars for the first time. With new members, the team achieved another WC podium by Gabriel Garivaldis in Germany, already with the new simulation F1 Challenge '99-'02. A great season by Gabriel plus other strong finishes gave the team its best World Championship position up to that date, 7th.
The name change was short lived, as the team went back to its usual Faster Than Speed moniker for the 2004 season. The team wasn't able to repeat the previous year's results in the World Championship, where it finished in 10th place. However, the team achieved 3rd position in the Constructors Championship in the World Series Challenge division, and 4th place in the Drivers Championship with Christian Smirnoff.
2005 was a fantastic season for Faster Than Speed. In the World Championship, Gabriel Garivaldis and Allan Jensen gave FTS its best championship position up to that date, 6th. Argentinian Christian Smirnoff joined the team management.
In the World Series, the team achieved the FSR WS Ace Online Constructors Championship, taking its first online title, while Christian Smirnoff was 2nd in the Drivers Championship. In the same division, Christian Smirnoff and Wolfgang Weber celebrated a fantastic 1-2 finish in Canada.
In the WS Amateur division, Swaraj Shergill and David Gonzalez proved to be on a class of their own, winning 9 and 3 races respectively. Swaraj ended the championship as runner-up, while the team was 3rd in the team standings. Swaraj and David achieved two 1-2 finishes.
In 2006, Formula SimRacing moved to the new rFactor simulator. FTS suffered a difficult season in the World Championship, where it finished in 10th place. In the World Series, however, the team showed it was once again the class of the field, fighting for all WS divisions championships.
In WS Ace, Christian Smirnoff took the Drivers Championship, taking 3 race wins during the season. In Turkey, the team celebrated a fantastic 1-2 finish with Christian and team mate Gabriel Garivaldis.
In WS Pro, Faisal Niazi also conquered the Drivers Championship and a race win at Turkey. FTS finished in the runner-up position in the Constructors Championship of both divisions, missing on the titles by a small margin.
2007 was a breakthrough year for Faster Than Speed. Achieving our best championship position ever in the World Championship, 4th, the team enjoyed a fantastic season. Patrick De Wit took Faster Than Speed's maiden World Championship victory in Turkey, together with a Pole Position and 5 podium finishes.
In the World Series, the team was unable to repeat the championship success of previous years, but finished in 3rd place in WS Ace, and 2nd in WS Pro, where Faisal Niazi was also the championship runner-up. In WS Ace, Christian Smirnoff celebrated a race win in Italy and finished 3rd in the standings.
2008 was another very special year for Faster Than Speed. Despite a great start, with Sergio Casalins adding a further WC podium to the team's tally in Melbourne, FTS failed to repeat the previous year's WC success, 11th in the standings.
However, it was in the World Series Advanced division where Faster Than Speed shined, despite only joining the division on round four. Florian Pechon had an incredible season, celebrating 9 race victories to win the Drivers Championship with two races remaining. Championship glory was not complete until the last round however, when FTS also secured the Constructors Championship, marking the team's first ever double title!
In 2009, Faster Than Speed fielded two teams in the World Championship, after making a partnership with one of the most experienced and successful teams in FSR, NetRex Grand Prix. The two FTS NetRex cars featured a striking panther-dinosaur mix, combining the aggressive FTS look with NetRex's tradition. Faster Than Speed finished the season in 7th position, while Patrick De Wit added two further WC podiums to the team's tally in his return to FTS.
In the World Series, while unable to repeat the previous year's championship success, the team scored several podiums across the different divisions and a WS Advanced race win, courtesy of Jorge Maenen in Monaco.
In 2010, Faster Than Speed entered its 10th FSR campaign. FTS finished the FSR World Championship in 8th position, in a mixed season with some very strong performances. Agustin Canapino took a full-time WC seat for the first time in the same year that he became the youngest ever champion at Turismo Carretera, Argentina's no. 1 real racing division. The team also sprayed its first podium champagne in FSR's brand new World Trophy division.
2011 kicked off in style with celebrations of the team's 10th anniversary of its World Championship debut on March 4th, 2001. FTS finished the FSR World Championship in 9th position, in an up-and-down season with some golden missed opportunities. However, it was Faster Than Speed's return to the WC's first grid box and podium as Patrick De Wit scored two Pole Positions in Monaco and Hungary and added a podium to the team's tally at Monte Carlo.
Faster Than Speed reached an impressive milestone in 2012: it became the first FSR team to contest its 200th World Championship GP, in its 12th FSR WC season. To celebrate the occasion, the FTS-P12's raced by the team in the Korean GP featured a special livery, with the name of every driver that had taken part in WC races for FTS until then inside its iconic panther.
A strong season from John-Eric Saxen allowed Faster Than Speed to improve its 2011 showing, finishing the FSR World Championship in 8th position.
2013 was the eighth and last season with the rFactor simulator. In a year of transition, Faster Than Speed didn't manage to improve on its 2012 result, finishing the FSR World Championship season in 10th place.
2014 was an year of changes for Faster Than Speed. It was the first season with the new rFactor 2 simulation. The team featured strong new driver lineups and internal improvements on work methods and communication. FTS also presented a spectacular new website, featuring dynamic content, a modern new look and a quick and interactive experience, whether browsing from a computer or mobile device.
The changes paid off immediately as the team had barely taken the wraps off its new FTS-P14 car when it became a race winner on the opening day of the season! The Ace sprint race victory in Bahrain, courtesy of Norbert Leitner, was the first by the team since the 2009 season. A fantastic campaign from Mikko Suokas in the Pro division gave FTS two further race victories in Great Britain and Australia, ending the season as the championship runner-up. The team secured 3rd on the team standings. Faster Than Speed had a more difficult affair in the FSR World Championship, ending the season in 11th place.
In 2015, Faster Than Speed contested its 15th FSR campaign. Achieving the aim of a much stronger showing in the World Championship, it was a good season, with points scored in 8 out of 14 rounds and enjoying some fantastic drives. Faster Than Speed ended its 15th FSR WC season 9th in the standings.
FTS drivers also had great performances during the off-season, with Patrick De Wit taking the FSR Winter Series title with 2 wins and 4 podiums in as many races, while Norbert Leitner got up to the semifinals of the FSR Race of Champions.
Before the end of the season, Faster Than Speed announced its decision to put an end to its participation in FSR, closing an incredible journey of 15 years of FSR action that were full of success and special moments.
On March 4th, 2016, Faster Than Speed celebrated the 15th anniversary of the team's World Championship debut. In addition to re-living the most unforgettable races of the team's 15 FSR seasons, FTS presented a special tribute homepage on its birthday. The spectacular animated showcase goes through Faster Than Speed's 15 years of beautiful cars, unforgettable moments, rich history, epic launches and fantastic drivers.
- Early days...
- The World Championship
- FSR and new simulations
- Flying Colours
- Back to origins
- The first online championship!
- Double championship glory!
- The maiden WC victory!
- The first double title!
- Panther meets T-Rex
- The 10th FSR campaign
- 10th anniversary celebrations
- The 200th World Championship GP
- Goodbye rFactor
- Reborn panther returns to victory lane!
- Closing an incredible 15-year journey
- FTS turns 15!