Strakka Racing has formed a long term partnership with Dome, working together to develop, bring to market and race a brand new ‘cost-capped’ LMP2 coupe prototype endurance racer, the Strakka Dome S103.
The first S103 will contest the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, subject to approval from the Selection Committee, and will be powered by a Nissan VK45 4.5-litre V8 LMP2 petrol engine. Using Dome’s 50% wind tunnel, CFD expertise and lightweight technology, the S103 promises to be one of the most aerodynamically and advanced LMP2s on the grid.
Strakka, based in Silverstone, has a strong connection with endurance racing, having competed in the past six Le Mans 24 Hours races, winning LMP2 in 2010 and taking the LMP1 privateers’ award in 2013. 2012 saw the team finish second in the LMP1 privateers’ class of the WEC, while finishing runners up in the 2010 and 2011 European Le Mans Series.
“Our new partnership with DOME signals an exciting new chapter in the history of Strakka Racing and reinforces our commitment to sportscar racing,” said Strakka Racing Team Manager, Dan Walmsley.
“Following the difficult decision not to compete in the remaining races of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, we’ve focussed on the engineering challenge of building and testing a brand new car ahead of the start of the 2014 season, with the opening race of the WEC only five months away. It’s a very tight schedule, but between Strakka Racing and DOME, we’re confident we have the best team of skilled engineers to hit our targets and to debut a fast, reliable and competitive car.”
Dome, formed in 1975 by Minoru Hayashi, has spent the last 38 years becoming a leading racecar constructor and motorsport competitor, making its Le Mans debut in 1979.
“We are delighted to team up with Strakka Racing, in a partnership that will enable our cutting-edge designed S103 become reality and race on tracks all over the world,” enthused Dome President, Hiroshi Fushida.
“Strakka Racing’s results at Le Mans and performances in both the Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship racing have impressed us, and our joint sportscar racing expertise will enable us to maximise the car’s full potential. We are confident the Strakka DOME S103 will become a very competitive and desirable cost-capped LMP2 race car.”