LMP2 a natural fit for Caterham - Mike Gascoyne

A move into the LMP2 division is the perfect fit for British sportscar manufacturer Caterham, according to company design chief Mike Gascoyne

LMP2 a natural fit for Caterham - Mike Gascoyne

Gascoyne, head of the Caterham's Technology & Innovation arm, explained that building an LMP2 for the customer market makes sound business sense for the group.

His comments follow the revelation earlier this month that Caterham was evaluating a P2 project on the launch of its first involvement in the category in next weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours as a sponsor of the Greaves Motortsport Zytek squad.

"We have the facilities, we have the design team and we have the partners, so it is a natural for us," said Gascoyne, who was formerly chief technical officer of the Caterham (nee Team Lotus) Formula 1 team.

"The Caterham Motorsport ladder is based on the Seven and then there is a GP2 and the F1 team. LMP2 would fit in well in between."

Gascoyne suggested that Caterham is well placed to build LMP2 chassis at a profit, something that the majority of existing constructors claim they struggle to achieve.

"For a company like Zytek, which has to put its carbon work out, it is a very difficult business in which to make money," he explained.

"We have a design team and a composite department where the overheads are already paid for, plus it would add commercial value to the company."

Gascoyne stressed that no decisions have been made beyond the company's Le Mans sponsorship deal with Greaves, with which Caterham Racing GP2 driver Alexander Rossi has been placed for the 24 Hours.

"There are no firm commitments, but there is definitely an intention to move forward," he said. "In terms of working with Zytek, providing a body update could make sense."

That suggests that Caterham is considering a badging deal, because a new body would not be possible before the end of 2015 unless the Zytek Z11SN were renamed and rehomologated in much the same way as OAK's LMP2 chassis when it became a Morgan for 2012.

Caterham is also looking at continuing it relationship with Greaves, which is running in both the World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series.

Gascoyne said: "We are talking to other drivers and hope the arrangement can continue this year and expand into next year."

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

Previous article

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

Next article

The best GT driver in the world?

The best GT driver in the world?
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC
Author Gary Watkins
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
Top 10 moments of an underrated British great Plus

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great

Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…

WEC
Mar 9, 2021
How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams Plus

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams

The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...

WEC
Mar 7, 2021