As he could not find a competitive and affordable seat, Simon Abadie, driver in the French Formula Renault 2.0 championship, decided to create – with his sister Sarah – the Tech1 Racing team, based around Toulouse, the Abadie's homeland.
2000 - 2003
With 7 podiums in 2000, their first season ends with a title of French vice-champion! The team continued in Formula Renault 2.0 for the next three seasons, with a second place in the 2003 team championship.
In 2005, Tech1 Racing enlarged its activity with the Eurocup Megane Trophy, as part of the World Series by Renault. From scratch, the Toulouse-based team proved to be highly competitive, and its efforts paid off with three consecutive Team Championship titles from 2006 to 2008.
In 2006, the team moved forward by joining the Formula Renault pinnacle: the Formula Renault 3.5, a true Formula 1 anteroom. After a first rookie season, this new project turned out to be a success, as the team won its first team championship title in its second season in 2007. From then on and until the team withdrew from the Championship at the end of 2015 (Renault puts an end to the World Series by Renault), many talented drivers and future great names in world motorsport made their way through Tech1: Alvaro Parente, Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Brendon Hartley, Charles Pic and the late Jules Bianchi.
Praised for its expertise in young talent development, the Tech 1 Racing has been chosen by several Formula 1 teams for young driver programmes: Red Bull Racing (in 2009 and 2010), Ferrari and Sahara Force India (in 2012), as well as management groups such as All Road Management, SMP Racing, iZone Driver Performance or Infinity Sports Management.
From 2010, the team entered the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship, by far the most demanding championship for young drivers. Crowned champion as a team in
2010 and as a team and driver in 2013 - Tech1 Racing helps the young driver on their way to success wherever they can race, both in F1 or Endurance racing.
In 2010 and 2011, Tech1 Racing also entered the GP3 Series championship and finished both years in 6th place.
Alongside its racing programmes, Tech1 Racing launched an engineering service in 2010: ID1 Technologies. Simulation, data analysis, technical measurements, ID1 Technologies is a real automotive laboratory.
In 2015, Tech1 Racing moved to a new, larger and more modern facility. This new working tool allows the team to look towards the future with serenity and confirms the team's ambition to move forward at the very top level.
2016 - 2017
In 2016, Tech1 Racing started to put its racing expertise into a brand new project, in endurance racing. The team ran the engineering, the development and the
technical side of the newborn Panis Barthez Competition team (renamed Panis Racing since then) for the European Le Mans Series endurance championship both in the LMP3 and LMP2 categories. As part
of the programme, the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours - the highlight of every campaign.
Alongside the ELMS and the Le Mans 24 Hours, they entered the Asian Le Mans Series in 2018 with a JS P2 Ligier.
In 2019, Tech1 Racing proved to be even more versatile and added a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe Championships with Lexus in their racing scope.
An absorbing racing agenda that remains the same in 2020: involvement in ELMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2 with Panis Racing. Tech1 Racing carries on its collaboration with Lexus and enters the GT3 GT World Challenge Europe and the 24 Hours of Spa in the Silver Cup category with three very promising young drivers: Aurelien Panis, Thomas Neubauer and Timothe Buret, driving the #15 RC F GT3.