FIA WEC GTE Am points leader Team Project 1 is set to become the latest team to field an ‘Art Car’ at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The German team, which is hoping to secure the GTE Am title in the season finale at Le Mans later this month in its debut season, is one of many teams that has updated its car’s livery for the big race. Ford is running ‘celebration’ liveries, Porsche has added gold trim to its WEC Porsches and re-applied Brumos colors to its cars from IMSA, JMW has opted for a yellow Le Mans-themed camouflage livery and multiple other teams have tweaked their existing paint schemes.
“Art Cars have a long history in Le Mans and this stunning design continues the story,” says Project 1 team manager Axel Funke. “Our first season in the World Endurance Championship has been a special one for all of us and we’re all the more excited about presenting our fans and partners with another highlight for the most important race of the year.”
Project 1’s Porsche 911 RSR, which will be driven by full-season drivers Egidio Perfetti, Patrick Lindsey and Jorg Bergmeister, features a unique design by American artist Richard Phillips, with assistance from Andy Blackmore.
“This is a great chance to display my art in a completely new way. I decided to combine three works for this Le Mans design,” said Phillips. “That’s a new aspect and shows how everything in terms of car design can be transposed and put into practice. I’m very proud of the result and hope to provide fans with a lot of pleasure.”
The rest of the teams set to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours are all set up on site at Le Mans with their cars too. The new pit garages (at pit-in) for Anglo-American team United Autosports are being used for the first time, and most of the 186 drivers set to contest the race are on site. The current omissions are the drivers currently racing at Detroit in IMSA or at Paul Ricard in the Blancpain Endurance Cup.
Testing at Le Mans is set to start tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. local time. There will be a total of eight hours of track action across the day.