Russian limousine manufacturer Aurus, makers of the State Limousine of Russian President Vladimir Putin, looks set to enter LMP2 racing in Europe.
A teaser video posted on Instagram makes it clear that Aurus is soon to confirm a race program, with the imagery contained within the video consistent with a standard ‘global’ Gibson V8 powered ORECA 07 LMP2.
Further examination of the teaser video suggests that it was shot in a pit garage at Paul Ricard Circuit, where Russian-flagged LMP2 team and reigning European Le Mans Series champions G-Drive Racing have been testing this week ahead of its title defense with ever-present Roman Rusinov, F1/Formula E veteran Jean-Eric Vergne and reigning European LMP3 champion Job van Uitert.
G-Drive is a gas station network in Russia owned by the GazProm energy corporation.
The Aurus Senat limousine (pictured) was launched for export sales at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.
What is not yet clear is whether the Aurus involvement is a simple sponsorship, or, as seems rather more likely, a rebranding of the ORECA chassis (as Renault’s Alpine sub-brand has done for several years).
G-Drive will race at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2019 as automatic entrants for its ELMS title win.