The Wolf brand appeared on the motorsport scene back in 1976, when the Canadian Walter Wolf founded the Walter Wolf Racing. The team took part in the Formula 1 World Championship for four years running from 1976 to 1979, fielding several drivers, amongst which Jody Scheckter, Jacky Ickx, Chris Amon and Arturo Merzario.
Three wins, one at the debut, 1 pole position, 2 fastest laps and 79 points are the haul for that period. In parallel to the Formula 1 experience, Wolf built a Can-Am closed wheeler in 1977, while in 1978 it built a Formula 3 challenger in collaboration with Dallara.
The golden-black livery of the team came back to racing in 2009, when the brand’s rights were acquired by the Italian team Avelon Formula led by Giovanni Bellarosa, who decided to start an innovative project: the Wolf GB08. The car, a CN2 class Sports Prototype pushed by a Honda 2 litres engine was build with high ambitions and aiming to open a new era in the category.
The debut of the new challenger took place on April 25th, 2010 at the Misano World Circuit, in occasion of the opening round of the Italian Prototypes Championship. Ivan Bellarosa dominated the whole weekend, claiming the pole position and scoring the first of a very long streak of victories. The Wolf GB08 has been unrivalled during the whole season and Bellarosa was crowned Italian Champion at the end of a dominant campaign in which he has always started from the front row, three times from the pole position, took two wins, seven second places and five fastest laps of the race. The first international win arrived in the same month at the Eurosport Prototypes Series.
In 2011 the Wolf GB08 is definitely the car to be beaten in Europe. The factory team Avelon Formula dominated the Speed Euroseries and Ivan Bellarosa became the new Champion winning all the six races in the calendar, scoring 97 of the 104 points up for grabs. Further satisfaction came from the VdeV Proto Endurance Series and Italian Prototypes Championship, which boosted the purchase orders of the Wolf GB08 from the whole continent, which took advantage of the capillary distribution network set up.
Season 2012 started with the new challenge of the 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi, where Ivan Bellarosa claimed the pole position and ended the race on the podium alongside co-equipers Guglielmo Belotti and Denis Lian. The Speed Euroseries was again the main focus of the factory team: the Wolf GB08 turned out to be unbeatable again and Ivan Bellarosa secured the second consecutive title as well as the team’s and constructor’s crowns. The car confirmed his competitiveness also in endurance races taking the podium at the 24 Hours of Zolder. The Wolf challenger aroused the interest of VIPs like Travis’ drummer Neil Primerose, who purchased a Wolf GB08.
In the two years 2013-2014 the Wolf GB08 won the Portuguese Championship CISP, the Austro-German SCC division 2, while the factory started to focus to the production of new models adapted to the needs of the American and Asian markets, approaching also hill climb racing. Among the new models, the Wolf GB08 F1 obtained the FIA Formula 1 2015 homologation.
Wolf Racing Cars took part in the 83rd 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14th, 2015. After triumphing with its Wolf GB08 in the Belgian Belcar and Endurance Champions Cup, Wolf Racing Cars added its name to the hall of fame of the 6 Hours of Rome in November.
Wolf Racing Cars started to develop the new Power Unit 1.6 Turbo in 2016 and a Wolf GB08 became the first Sports CN homologated car to win a race on May 29th at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola. The Wolf two-seaters won again the Endurance Champions Cup, while in the United States John Morris and Ron Eckardt secured several wins in the Spring Mountain Racing (SMMR) series. Ron Eckardt was crowned champion in class LSR2 on his Wolf GB08 SM.
The big novelty of 2017 was the Wolf GB08 Tornado, the brand new Sports two-seater that made its debut in Australia in March impressing for its sleek design and performance. Ivan Bellarosa became the Sports Prototypes Italian Champion 2017 claiming 11 wins in 12 races. The new Tornado challenger won several Endurance races, among which the 3 Hours of Imola, displaying a superior performance also compared to the higher class LM P3 cars. The Tornado awarded Wolf Racing Cars with the 100th pole position at the 6 Hours of Rome.