ADESS AG in final stages of designing new LMP1 car for 2014 WEC

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 in final stages of designing new LMP1 car for 2014 WEC

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.

shares
comments
Viper adds new venom to GT battle
Previous article

Viper adds new venom to GT battle

Next article

LMP2 a natural fit for Caterham - Mike Gascoyne

LMP2 a natural fit for Caterham - Mike Gascoyne
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022
The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Plus

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Autosport hears their stories.

Le Mans
Jun 7, 2022
The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory Plus

The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory

Peugeot went radical with the initial plan for its Le Mans Hypercar project, and then stuck to its guns. Here’s how things are shaping up a few weeks before the debut of the 9X8 in next month's Monza World Endurance Championship round

WEC
Jun 1, 2022
How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa Plus

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

WEC
May 9, 2022
The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche Plus

The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche

Yifei Ye came within one lap of winning the LMP2 class on his Le Mans 24 Hours debut last year, and his eye-catching 2021 has gained Porsche’s interest. With the German manufacturer preparing for a return to the top tier, the Chinese youngster is on the path to join it

WEC
Apr 14, 2022
How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance Plus

How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance

Toyota’s stranglehold on the World Endurance Championship ended at the 2022 opener at Sebring, but all accusing eyes were on the Balance of Performance system as the key to the shake-up. Here's how it unfolded, to see Alpine celebrating under a stormy sky having blown away the defending champions

WEC
Mar 21, 2022
Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year Plus

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year

Team Penske is gearing up for its role in running Porsche’s LMDh programme from 2023 by entering this year's World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 car. Although the team is considering 2022 as a season to learn, it is no less serious about winning than ever - which should make the already fiercely competitive class even more so

WEC
Mar 17, 2022