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Old 9 May 2011, 15:58 (Ref:2877517)   #1
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2012 Privateer LMP1 Options

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This thread would be better served as a look at actual cars we could see next year.

For example I am wondering what direction Pescarolo will take after this transition season. Possibly with the combined might of Oak could they attract a manufacturer? Or will they go back to the lab and design a new evolution with a new engine?
Taking my lead from the above post, what kind of machinary will privateers line-up with in 2012?

Speculation part one, the Brundles will drive a Zytek-Hybrid backed by a manufactuer.
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Old 9 May 2011, 16:04 (Ref:2877520)   #2
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Strakka Racing has expressed interest to step up to LMP1. Perhaps they can convert their current car to the LMP1 spec (so from ARX-01d to ARX-01e). Alternatively they can go back to a Zytek.

I would like to see Oreca build the new LMP1 coupe they had in planning. However, I think that they will stick to racing a Peugeot.

Finally, we will see some AMR-One cars in the hand of privateers (including Jota) next year, iff Prodrive can solve the engine issues
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Old 9 May 2011, 16:07 (Ref:2877523)   #3
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Relating to Brundles options!!!!!! Is there any clue if is NISSAN?? Or Honda???

Arenīt honda testing, with a modified NSX, a hybrid solution??? Could Strakka go to P1 with hybrid!!!

It would be nice if Peugeot rent a diesel engine in the Oreca Coupé
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Nice one JAG. It's not privateer, but we also have the rumoured but apparently green-lit entry of a new manufacturer to LMP1 next season.
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Old 9 May 2011, 16:42 (Ref:2877541)   #5
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Strakka Racing has expressed interest to step up to LMP1. Perhaps they can convert their current car to the LMP1 spec (so from ARX-01d to ARX-01e). Alternatively they can go back to a Zytek.

I would like to see Oreca build the new LMP1 coupe they had in planning. However, I think that they will stick to racing a Peugeot.

Finally, we will see some AMR-One cars in the hand of privateers (including Jota) next year, iff Prodrive can solve the engine issues
With HPD/Wirth entering the P1 market, and who knows if the coupe will yet be produced, I'd like to see ORECA become a two car Peugeot customer, while developing their P2/LMPC business.

OAK seem pretty ambitious and not short of a Euro or two, so it would help them to link up with another team, like Pescarolo.

With Zytek and Lola also major players I'm not sure anyone else is needed, I'd sooner Audi make customer cars available.
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I'd sooner Audi make customer cars available.
Audi has bad experience with customers running their diesel car. There are very few teams that have the budget/skills to run a complex diesel powered LMP1 car.
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Audi has bad experience with customers running their diesel car. There are very few teams that have the budget/skills to run a complex diesel powered LMP1 car.

Pescarolo could do it!!!

A green&blue R 18... uauuuuuuuuu!!!!
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Old 9 May 2011, 17:58 (Ref:2877577)   #8
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The last time that Henri ran a factory diesel car, he went bankrupt.
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Taking my lead from the above post, what kind of machinary will privateers line-up with in 2012?

Speculation part one, the Brundles will drive a Zytek-Hybrid backed by a manufactuer.
Interesting, because I heard they would be driving an LMP2 next year, or even late 2011 in the ILMC for a team that is a familiar sight in sports car racing, but a team that will be to Le Mans Prototypes and ACO racing in general.
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Keeping in mind that it appears as though the market for LMP1 cars from 2012 and on is restricted to ILMC and the ALMS. Pretty small market, in all probability you are mostly going to see Lolas, and whatever people build for themselves (Oreca...).
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The last time that Henri ran a factory diesel car, he went bankrupt.
that was due to a very bad choice of business partner rather than the expense of the car itself
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Does Lola need to build a new model for LMP1 next year?
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Does Lola need to build a new model for LMP1 next year?
I think they must... but that is just my opinion.

They need to elevate their game... to continue to have costumerīs.
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Interesting, because I heard they would be driving an LMP2 next year, or even late 2011 in the ILMC for a team that is a familiar sight in sports car racing, but a team that will be to Le Mans Prototypes and ACO racing in general.
Autosport said Brundle Snr was in contention for a P2 seat with United Autosports later this year, then the Greaves Zytek deal sprung up for Brundle Jnr, and RLM speculated about both driving the yet to be announced, manufactuer backed, Zytek Hybrid.

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Does Lola need to build a new model for LMP1 next year?
They'll have to see how the Rebellion car fairs first, they've only just added a significant aero update, and have said they are looking into KERS, how they match up against Highcroft will tell all.

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