Strakka Racing has completed an initial rollout of its new Gibson 015S chassis ahead of the car’s debut at the 6 Hours of the Nürburgring.
FIA World Endurance Championship driver Jonny Kane performed a thorough systems check at Turweston airfield near Brackley, two weeks after the completion of the chassis at Strakka’s Silverstone base.
“The Gibson went together well and as a proven car, we didn’t experience any issues during build up and this initial running,” reported technical director Jay Davenport. “We now go straight to the Nürburgring test on the 26th July before returning to UK to paint it and apply the livery ahead of the race weekend.”
“Some parts of the car are familiar and the engine is carry over from the S103. We’ve got some learning with the electronics and aero but we should be able to start work on this at the test.
The Gibson (formerly Zytek) chassis, which has received several aerodynamic upgrades over the winter, is currently campaigned by British teams Jota Sport and Greaves Motorsport in the European Le Mans Series. The Nissan-powered Gibsons have so far won two of the three ELMS rounds held this year.
Strakka Racing will use the Gibson as an interim LMP2 chassis to complete the eight round FIA WEC season. The Strakka Dome S103 model that took part in the opening three rounds of the championship (including Le Mans) has been taken out of competition as development of the existing LMP2 chassis is applied to a new LMP1 design for 2017.