Three chassis and seven engines entered
Zytek is looking forward to a record participation in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race. No fewer than seven prototypes, almost one third of the LMP2 category, will be powered by a Zytek developed and serviced Nissan VK45DE engine, while three Zytek chassis will be among the favourites to win the class.
Greaves Motorsport, the emphatic LMP2 winner at Le Mans in 2011, returns to La Sarthe with two Zytek-Nissan Z11SNs. Also using one of the Repton-built chassis will be Jota Sport, which first entered a Zytek at Le Mans in 2005. Jota kick started the 2013 season by winning the opening endurance race of the European season, the Three Hours of Silverstone in April.
All three Zyteks will be using the 4.5-litre Nissan VK45DE engine, the result of a partnership between Zytek and Nismo first announced in 2010. Development work was carried out by both companies with components being manufactured at Zytek’s Derbyshire engineering facilities.
In addition to the three Zyteks, another four LMP2 cars will be powered by the 450bhp Zytek-developed VK45DE. All three OAK Racing Morgans, including that with which Oliver Pla set fastest class time during the recent Le Mans test day, will use this power plant, as will the Morgan of Chinese entrant KCMG.
Zytek has a winning record at Le Mans where it has been a regular competitor since 2004. The first year it seriously harried the Audis during practice, holding overall pole for around an hour before qualifying in third place. In 2007 a Lola, entered by Binnie Motorsport and powered by Zytek’s own 3.4-litre ZG348 engine, won the LMP2 category. Second in class that year was another Zytek-powered car, the Barazi Epsilon-entered Zytek 07S. The year 2011 saw a second victory in LMP2, this time for a Zytek-Nissan Z11SN, the Greaves Motorsport entered car of Karim Ojjeh, Olivier Lombard and Tom Kimber-Smith.
The 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place on June 22-23.