ADESS AG in final stages of designing new LMP1 car for 2014 WEC
|By Gary Watkins||Monday, June 17th 2013, 11:38 GMT|
A German-based motorsport design group has become the latest organisation to reveal that it is ready to begin building an LMP1 prototype to the 2014 rulebook.
ADESS AG, which was responsible for the new-for-2013 Lotus T128 LMP2, has announced that it is in the final stages of the design of a P1 for next season.
It is now looking for a partner team aiming to field two cars in next year's World Endurance Championship to bring the project to fruition.
ADESS boss Stephane Chosse, who formerly worked with Ligier, Sauber, Toyota and HRT in Formula 1, said: "At the end of last year, we decided to do an LMP1 under our own name. This is a completely new car designed according to the 2014 regulations.
"We have undertaken windtunnel and CFD [computational fluid dynamics] programmes and are now close to finalising the design."
Chosse said that the car could be up and running within eight months if a deal is struck with a team to buy two cars imminently.
"We are looking for a team to work with," he continued. "This car has not been conceived for multiple customers; we are looking for a single partner."
The car has been designed as a non-hybrid around a specific engine, whose identity Chosse would not reveal. He said it was still possible to integrate a hybrid system or systems if demanded by a purchaser.
The cost of the car will be "more than €1 million" [£850,000], according to Chosse.
ADESS was set up last year as a sister company to Chosse's SCE Solutions aerodynamic consultancy with the aim of moving into the LMP field.
ADESS joins Dome, Perrin Limited, Honda Performance Development and OAK Racing in looking for customers for P1 designs ahead of next season.
Rebellion has an exclusive deal with ORECA for a bespoke car, while the German Lotus LMP2 squad is aiming to move up with its ADESS-designed chassis, which has been built to 2014 LMP1 specifications.