Strakka Racing has announced plans to build an LMP1 car to compete for the privateers’ trophy in the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2017.
To be built in their recently upgraded facilities at Silverstone, this prototype will rely heavily on 3D printing techniques and advances in additive manufacturing in order to meet both of the team’s long-term business goals of reducing both costs and manufacturing lead times.
“The 2017 LMP2 regulation changes that restrict the number of chassis manufacturers meant we had to evaluate our current business strategy and seriously look at projects that would enable us to draw on the experiences we have from our LMP2 car,” says team principal Dan Walmsley.
“After evaluating all the options, the LMP1 Privateers’ category now offers the best arena to create our own car, which we will use to showcase our growing knowledge of new design and manufacturing processes to build a cost effective car in the shortest timeframe. Strakka Racing is continuing to develop and this will be another step forward to becoming a true sustainable motorsports business.”
The goal now, for the team that currently competes in WEC LMP2, is to search for a new engine partner as soon as possible. As the team now switches to using a Gibson chassis for the remainder of 2015, the existing S103 car will aid development of the new project.
“We learnt our lesson in 2013 not to stop racing whilst we develop the new car,” adds Walmsley. “We were able to source a Gibson to use for the balance of 2015. It’s a competitive car that allows us to continue to race and use the S103 chassis for test and development work in parallel.”
Ahead of the 6 Hours of Nurburgring in late August, Strakka Racing will test their new Gibson car, in order to be as prepared as possible for the WEC season resuming after its summer break.