ByKolles Racing has made the switch from Nissan to Gibson power for its FIA WEC LMP1 program.
RACER reported earlier this month that ByKolles had withdrawn from the upcoming race at Sebring after a dispute with engine supplier NISMO. The Austrian team is now set to return to the WEC for the Spa 6 Hours in May with its CLM LMP1 car powered by the 4.5-liter Gibson GL458.
The GL 458 engine, a much-uprated version of the hugely successful ‘spec’ Global LMP2 GK428 motor, is already active in LMP1 competition with both Rebellion Racing and DragonSpeed. Production of the GL458 takes place at Gibson’s state-of-the-art Repton facility, with the first engine being scheduled for delivery to ByKolles Racing during April for a shakedown and then competing at Spa WEC in May.
“Everyone saw the tough time we suffered in recent race weekends and it’s time to move on to a new chapter,” ByKolles team principal Manfredi Ravetto said. “We are very confident that a Gibson-powered ByKolles Enso will reward us with the results that our relentless work and investment deserve. It’s a massive challenge to be ready for Spa but our small and dedicated team in Greding loves these challenges, as we’ve proven before in F1 and WEC.”
“Everyone at Gibson Technology is delighted that our engines have been chosen by yet another top-flight team,” added John Manchester, Gibson Technology’s operations director. “We are all looking forward to being part of this new phase in ByKolles Racing history, which will further enable us to develop our engine technology to compete against some of the top sports car and engine manufacturers in world sports car racing.”