Geneva: Rebellion shows the R-13 for the WEC 2018/19
Since the new rebellion R-13 is not yet finished, the Swiss in Geneva show only computer graphics of the LMP1 car – high hopes for Le Mans
At the Geneva Motor Show, Rebellion showed first pictures of its new LMP1 car. The R-13, which is currently being manufactured by the manufacturer Oreca, is very much reminiscent of the former Audi LMP1 in its red-black paint finish. Externally, there are hardly any differences to the Oreca 07 from the LMP2 class on the car’s exterior:”The car looks fast. I’m looking forward to driving it,”says Neel Jani.
The Porsche works driver shares the R-13 Gibson with Andre Lotterer and Bruno Senna, and Mathias Beche, Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent will be in the sister car,”Oreca gives everything to build us a great car. I think we’ll have an impressive package. Hopefully we will be able to take the lead in Le Mans,”explains Beche. The first roll-out of the new car will take place shortly before the WEC prologue.
“Rebellion is a small team, but they have a lot of experience. They also work closely with Oreca. And they know exactly how it works. They’ll build us a fast LMP1 car,”Lotterer says optimistically before his first assignment for the Swiss-British private team,”I think we have a strong driver line-up. We can hardly wait for the start of the new season.”
“The big question is whether we can actually make Toyota dangerous. I think on the normal WEC courses it will be difficult because they have a lot of advantages with hybrid and all-wheel drive. But something could work in Le Mans,”says Lotterer, who has already won the Le Mans 24 Hours three times. Recent tests by Manor, SMP and ByKolles in Aragon have shown that the private LMP1 cars 2018/19 will be very fast.
“Our top speed should be higher than Toyota’s. What’s more, with hybrid technology, not everything doesn’t always run smoothly in continuous operation. That’s what we saw. With Toyota, with Porsche – actually again and again. I definitely consider hybrid technology to be race-ready for the long haul, but at 24 hours it can be advantageous if everything is not at its maximum,”says Lotterer.”I hope that we can put Toyota under real pressure.”
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