“This is wrong”
Lotus releases a first photo of the Lotus T128’s monocoque.
The driver cell of the T128 was developed in accordance with the 2014 LMP1 regulations. Improved safety, visibility and driver comfort have been paramount in the development of the chassis. The T128 provides a better view for the driver from inside the cockpit. An extensive mock-up program has been carried through in order to verify ergonomics and driver accessibility.
Ferrari was a Le Mans winner at the weekend, but so too was Williams.
In the top GT category of the fabled 24 hour race, former grand prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella was one of the drivers of the winning Ferrari 458 Italia. But British F1 team Williams has also pointed out that it was a part of Audi’s overall victory in the top prototype class, LMP1.
As the first hybrid vehicle to win Le Mans
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro, supported by Williams Hybrid Power’s (WHP) innovative electric flywheel technology, has won the 80th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans and in the process made history as the first hybrid powered vehicle to finish on the podium.
More than 25 drivers with formula one experience will be on the grid at this weekend’s 80th running of the fabled 24 hour Le Mans race.
Near the front, in the premier LMP1 prototype class, will be Allan McNish and Marc Gene, driving for Audi. Scot McNish raced in F1 with Toyota in 2002, while Gene drove for Minardi and is still a Ferrari test driver. Toyota has since left F1 and for 2012 has entered Le Mans, and the Japanese marque’s number 8 entry is a grand prix-superteam featuring Anthony Davidson (Super Aguri), Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) and one-off 1999 Minardi driver Stephane Sarrazin.
Lux, Marsal set to team in last year’s P1 title-winning chassis
The 2011 American Le Mans Series championship-winning car of Dyson Racing will return to action for six races of the 2012 ALMS season. Michael Marsal and Eric Lux will be driving the No. 20 Lola B09/86-Mazda starting on the streets of Long Beach on April 14th and in the season’s remaining sprint races.
What have Lola been concentrating on with regards to the B12/60 LMP1 car?
The Lola design and engineering team have been looking at overall efficiency improvements to the aerodynamic surfaces of both the LMP1 and LMP2 Lola designs. The initial CFD and wind tunnel studies took place last autumn in Lolas on-site 50% scale facility in Huntingdon, UK.
Toyota’s former F1 team will contest Le Mans and “several races” in the new FIA world endurance championship next year.
The Cologne based squad pulled out of formula one at the end of 2009. It was announced on Friday that Toyota Motorsport GmbH will enter a ‘LMP1′ class prototype in the sports car series, to be powered by a petrol hybrid engine.
With Honda Performance Development
Wirth Research is delighted to announce a new long-term technical partnership with California-based Honda Performance Development (HPD) – a partnership which began in 2003 that not only extends the two organisations’ globally successful sports prototype programmes but also encompasses an exciting new IndyCar project.
Development programme confirmed for LMP1 sports prototype
Porsche returns to Le Mans with a works-run LMP1 sports prototype. The first outing of the completely new developed race car is planned for the year 2014. With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in Le Mans. The most recent win was in 1998 with the Porsche 911 GT1.
Nissan/Zytek Engine Quickest In Class
Robertson Racing well set following Le Mans qualifying
OAK Racing’s hard work in the lead up to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours paid off last night with all four OAK-Pescarolo prototypes – two each in LMP1 and LMP2 – demonstrating competitive pace during qualifying.
Flying Dutchman aims high at Le Mans
Jeroen Bleekemolen is carrying on a rich tradition in one of the Netherlands most prominent racing families. His father Michael Bleekemolen started a Grand Prix for ATS in 1978 and also finished runner up to one of Jeroen’s Le Mans team mates fathers, Alain Prost, in the 1979 European F3 Championship. Now, Jereon is team mate with Alain’s son Nico, bringing the racing traditions of two families full circle. As Jeroen expressed to us, he is enjoying his re-acquaintance with LMP1 machinery.
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