Championship-winning French sports car constructor ORECA has revealed the first two renderings of its brand-new P2 design, the 05 coupe, which replaces the popular open-top 03 that helped SMP Racing claim the 2014 WEC P2 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles.
“We are at the moment assembling the car and getting very close to holding our first test,” ORECA technical director David Floury told RACER. “Everything is on target to be out early next month to start running with the 05. We have worked quite hard on the car’s CFD to make a big step in aerodynamics, and to improve every detail. I can’t wait to correlate everything we have seen in simulation, and we think it will be quite good and quite interesting.”
The 05 utilizes the same carbon-fiber monocoque as the ORECA-built Rebellion R-One P1 chassis, which Floury says helped the 05 project in many areas.
“The 05 project had quite a tight schedule, and the business model in P2 is very close with the cost cap, so it took a while to decide to do it, but [using the R-One tub] made a lot of sense when we looked at all aspects of the project,” he noted. “Being able to use an existing component like this where we already knew the performance and the advanced technology in it was a very good starting point. It also saved time from going through the complete homologation process. It is a big asset to use this as the start for the chassis.”
The 05 is expected to compete in the WEC this year, and Floury also hopes American customers will take a look at the car for possible use in IMSA’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“This is the first year of the 05 project, but our target is to be on the IMSA grid for 2016, if not earlier, and yes, we will test the car there so it can be evaluated,” he said. “We know the Ligier from last year in the WEC, and we look forward to comparing the performance of the new HPD soon in the WEC. For us, the U.S. market is a big target for this car and we love racing there, so we really hope it becomes a popular choice.”
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