TWR to return to Le Mans?

Motorsport giant TWR could make a return to Le Mans in 2001 with an all-new prototype engine and chassis combination

TWR to return to Le Mans?

TWR is believed to be in discussion with a number of manufacturers about putting the sportscar project into action, but the Leafield-based outfit has denied that Cadillac is one of them.

The American marque entered Le Mans this year with a full works effort, but finished just 22nd and 23rd, and has recently parted company with this year's chassis constructor Riley & Scott.

TWR have not competed at La Sarthe since 1998, when it scored a third place with the Nissan R390 chassis, but the company did build and design the Joest-Porsche car that won in 1996 and '97.

"We have a design team that has kept up to date with sportscar technology," said Paul Davis, general manager of TWR Racing, "both in terms of chassis and engines. We are much more up to date than people think."

TWR's sportscar engine is believed to be based on the unit used in the Arrows Formula 1 car in 1998-99. Davis also explained that the chassis and engine could be offered as a package or individually.

Insiders believe Cadillac is the favourite to use the TWR car and sources at General Motors have admitted that next year's car will be built in Britain. Prodrive are no longer in the frame and although Cadillac have had discussions with British-based G-Force, director John Morton said the company "wasn't in with much chance [of a deal]."

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