WEC 2018/19: Oreca open for LMP1 project
Oreca can imagine building an LMP1 for use by customers, but needs clarity of rules – time is pressing mercilessly.
Following the announcement of the WEC emergency plan with a “super season” in 2018/19, interest in the LMP1 private driver class is rising again, at least in the prototype industry.Oreca agrees to create an LMP1 bolide, but expects further clarifications in the regulations.Since the ACO had to react in no time at all to the exit of the Porsche and the rescue of its top class, final decisions have not yet been made.But time is of the essence, as Oreca knows.
“We would like to do it as a racing car manufacturer,”says David Floury, Oreca’s technical director of Sportscar365,”We have many requests from potential customers to see this.The long distance World Championship (WEC) is in a phase of great uncertainty about the LMP1 scene.After leaving the Porsche, everything is now waiting for Toyota’s decision, while the Peugeot returnees are still working in the background from 2020 onwards.
Private LMP1s must meanwhile keep the class alive.SMP/BR Engineering’s participation via Dallara is considered to be extremely likely, although there is a calming down of public relations.The exact opposite is the case for Ginetta, who have been burning down a PR fireworks display since the start of their LMP1 project, but have not yet officially sold an LMP1 car.ByKolles’ return is considered to be certain that the Perrinn project has finally failed.
Only one engine supplier provided
In the LMP2 class, Oreca has built the clear best chassis of the current generation and has correspondingly good references in addition to a monopoly on the full-time LMP2 racing stables in the WEC “The main problem is the time frame,”says Floury.The prologue for the “super season” is scheduled for the beginning of May 2018.Whoever has not even drawn a line on the drawing board yet, will be in trouble.The plan to upgrade the LMP2 chassis to the LMP1 has been buried – the Oreca 07 cannot be used as a base.
At the moment we don’t even have a technical regulation in place, of course we don’t have the time to design a completely new car,”says the Frenchman,” but we already have a basis and don’t have to rebuild everything from scratch.We’d build a new vehicle, but we’d take over parts of existing projects.”
Due to the short time frame, Oreca would also release only one engine supplier for its LMP1 chassis “We don’t just want to have a car to fill the starting grid.If so, then we want to do it right”, he announces.It is still unclear how the private LMP1 bolide is to be brought to the same performance as the plant hybrids.It is also unclear at the moment how long a newly designed LMP1 can be used.