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HPD expects six of its new LMP2 coupes to race in WEC, USC in 2015


Honda Performance Development expects to have six of its new ARX-04b LMP2 coupes racing in customer hands next season.

HPD boss Steve Erikson revealed that the US constructor is on target to sell half a dozen of the new cars, which are being developed by Wirth Research in the UK, for next season.

He anticipates they will be split between the United SportsCar Championship and the World Endurance Championship.

"Our target was to have six cars for next season and I have every confidence that we'll have all six out there," he said.

"If I was guessing today, I'd say there will be four in the USC and two in the WEC."

Extreme Speed Motorsports, which is running an open-top ARX-03b in the Prototype class of this year's USC, has already announced that it is swapping to the coupe for next season.

The identities of the other teams with which HPD is in negotiation have not been revealed.

Erikson explained that HPD was on target to have its new design, which like its predecessor is powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine, up and running for the first time in November.

"The progress on the car is going really well: we're planning to put the first cars together in late October and then they'll be on track in November," he said.

The new HPD will be built to the latest LMP1 chassis regulations, which will become part of the P2 rulebook for 2017.

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