Glickenhaus LMH "ran like a train" during Aragon test

The new Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar "ran like a train" through its first long-distance test ahead of its FIA World Endurance Championship debut at next month's Portimao round. 

Glickenhaus LMH "ran like a train" during Aragon test

Marque founder Jim Glickenhaus made the comment after the conclusion of a successful 30-hour endurance simulation for his new 007 LMH at Aragon last weekend.

The Pipo Motors-powered machine completed approaching 5000km over the course of the test on Friday and Saturday and was delayed by only one significant problem.

"The car ran great, like a train," Glickenhaus told Autosport. "By the time we finished, we had 10,000km on the car [since it started testing], which is quite a lot. We did almost 5000km at Aragon, which included running through the night.

"We had one minor problem: an electrical connector broke as the result of vibration, but the whole wiring loom was over life, so it wasn't surprising." 

Glickenhaus revealed that the team also practised full-course yellow running and emergency pitstops over the 30 hours. 

"We did a lot of FCY tests and pulling the car into the garage and ripping stuff off the car to look for pretend problems," he explained. "It was all good: the crew was good, the motor ran flawlessly and the lights worked properly."

The Aragon test was undertaken by six of the seven drivers on the Glickenhaus team roster.  Romain Dumas was absent because he is preparing for this weekend's Pikes Peak hillclimb in the US, which he will contest with the Champion Porsche team. 

Romain Dumas, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, Glickenhaus 007 LMH

Romain Dumas, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, Glickenhaus 007 LMH

Photo by: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus

Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe, who will partner Dumas in the solo entry at Portimao on June 13, were joined at the test by Pipo Derani, Gustavo Menezes, Olivier Pla and Franck Mailleux. 

Glickenhaus also gave its second 007 chassis, which will race in Portuguese event, a shakedown over the course of the test Aragon. The car ran in the livery in which it will compete at Portimao (pictured top).

The team is scheduled to run both its cars at the Monza WEC round in July, the final race ahead of August's rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours.

Jim Glickenhaus questioned the balance between the cars competing in the new Hypercar class, which include Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car, and LMP2 machinery.

Two P2 teams joined Glickenhaus at the test at Aragon and, he claimed, were able to lap at the same pace as the 007 when it was on the second stint on a set of tyres and they were on the first. 

"When the tyres fell away in the second stint, the P2s were as fast as us," said Glickenhaus. "There is not enough separation; if they [the rulemakers] don't deal with it, this is going to be a disaster."

The comments from Glickenhaus mirrored those of Toyota at the opening round of the 2021 WEC at Spa earlier this month. 

Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe technical director Pascal Vasselon explained that it was important for the two prototype classes to be "in different ballparks".

shares
comments

Related video

GT3 could be "doomed" if adopted by WEC - Ratel

Previous article

GT3 could be "doomed" if adopted by WEC - Ratel

Next article

IMSA champion Taylor named ORECA LMP2 reserve at Le Mans

IMSA champion Taylor named ORECA LMP2 reserve at Le Mans
Load comments
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear Plus

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance

WEC
22h
Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts Plus

Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts

The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Plus

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Plus

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

WEC
May 4, 2021
Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship Plus

Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship

Beyond the slender grid of headline-grabbing hypercars, there are numerous subplots and changes to look out for in the new season of the WEC, which gets underway at Spa this weekend. Here's the seven key things you need to know about

WEC
Apr 30, 2021
What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era Plus

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner

WEC
Apr 29, 2021
How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era Plus

How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era

The 2021 World Endurance Championship kicks off at Spa this weekend, but for the first time since its 2012 inception there will be no works Aston Martins in the GTE-Pro class. As its new era in Formula 1 begins, Aston leaves behind a legacy of success courtesy of its Prodrive-run factory programme that was a hit from the word go in 2005

WEC
Apr 27, 2021
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021