Lola has announced it will introduce a cost-capped LMP2 coupe for 2012.
The B12/80 is a response to the latest low-budget LMP2 ethos and will be the first coupe for the class's new era. It will borrow heavily from the company's recent experience with in LMP1 and LMP2.
Lola Cars International managing director Robin Brundle said: "This is a significant announcement showcasing Lola's commitment for the future in this category. Our engineers are hard at work finalising the aerodynamics package for the B12/80.
"We invite all interested parties to consider what will be the most competitive, most reliable and most cost- effective racing package in global endurance racing next year."
Lola Group executive chairman Martin Birrane believes the future of the category looks strong.
"Prototype racing has been at its most successful when there has been a period of rule stability," he said. "It is very reassuring that the regulations are now intended to remain stable for a minimum period of 5 years in LMP2."