Ludemann Engineering is bringing American-style Formula 1000 auto racing to Thailand. Formula 1000 is a new class of racing, using 1000 cc superbike engines, steel tube frames, and fiberglass bodies with full wings, ground effects, and racing slicks. The car is being designed using the latest computer technology including computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis at a level that was only available to Formula 1 teams a few years ago.
James Ludemann designed his first race car in 1980-81. He went off track and pursued a career in computer design, where he became the chief designer of the fastest desktop computer in the world at the time, the Sun SPARCstation 1, outselling all the Star Wars movies combined and providing the platform on which the first full-length feature computer-animated movie, Toy Story, was rendered. He later founded and ran Antares Microsystems, a manufacturer of add-on board for Sun computers, and sold the company before the crush of Chinese imports destroyed the industry. He now lives in Thailand and devotes himself full time to the JL.12 project.