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Old 15 Dec 2017, 20:47 (Ref:3787327)   #1711
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Picking something that's not the "easiest" choice doesn't automatically mean it's going to fail or be worse

However I do have to say that on paper it does makes more sense for someone like Dragonspeed to choose Zytek when all they're really going for will be reliability, since their actual pace will not be up to the others anyway

As for "variety's worth", I always curse 'variety' as being used as excuse for trying to reason what GT has become in the later years, but that's different
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Old 15 Dec 2017, 21:00 (Ref:3787330)   #1712
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It depends on what the choice is. I'm not seeing many reasons to pick the AER for example. They do have quite a poor track record, unfortunately. It would add variety, but only for the 15 minutes the car ran. The other choices, cool, but not the AER right now. The Gibson is a bit samey, but it seems much more likely than the awesomeness of the Judd.

DragonSpeed I'm not sold on until we find out what is happening with Hedman and his driver ranking. We've read he will be upgraded, but then he wasn't included in the changes. So that's a waiting game on that one.
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Old 15 Dec 2017, 21:18 (Ref:3787333)   #1713
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Well, I'd rather have the Gibson than an exploding hairdryer. Variety isn't worth it if it doesn't finish the race.

Anyone remember the odd Zenvo announcement with Rebellion back in March? Was strange because it was a technical announcement whilst they moved to LMP2. Could the engine be badged Zenvo?
That was on my mind as well. What happened to that? If it's still around, could that be the manufacturer never entered into Le Mans before that was being spoken about? Somehow I don't think it is, but I would like to see them still involved with Rebellion.
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That was on my mind as well. What happened to that? If it's still around, could that be the manufacturer never entered into Le Mans before that was being spoken about? Somehow I don't think it is, but I would like to see them still involved with Rebellion.
The plan was for them to run a Zenvo engine in 2019, but it was to be a Zenvo engine, not a rebadging of an existing unit. It has certainly gone quiet on that front since the announcement.
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 22:37 (Ref:3787549)   #1715
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The plan was for them to run a Zenvo engine in 2019, but it was to be a Zenvo engine, not a rebadging of an existing unit. It has certainly gone quiet on that front since the announcement.
As a Dane I really want to see that happen, but at the annoncement I was really sceptical of this going to happen.

Even in Denmark there have been zero information about this project.
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Old 17 Dec 2017, 11:23 (Ref:3787599)   #1716
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Seems to be some doubt over Thomas Laurent's contractual arrangements for next year.

http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/d...lion-contract/
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Wouldn't quite call it a dispute - that suggests legal proceedings. But it looks like Thomas was doing the smart thing and playing both sides to see which was the best for him.

Interesting that JCDC were going to keep him despite the gold elevation. They clearly have silvers lined up.
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Certainly sounds to me like he hadn't communicated his intentions to his former employer, so was maybe feeling a bit awkward about it when he spoke to David Cheng. Who knows, but he's only 19 years old. I'm guessing he just needs to go through the formality of putting pen to paper.

Thomas Laurent: “I look forward to meeting the whole team and other drivers, seeing the car and getting in it for the first time! Riding in a LMP1-category championship is a dream come true. I think the team will do everything they can to play at the forefront, so we have to live up to expectations! I can’t wait to work with experienced drivers again, as I’ve been to do all year long.”

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Mathias Beche interview on Endurance-Info (in French):

http://www.endurance-info.com/fr/mathias-beche/

The mystery surrounding the engine supplier continues, he specifically says he cannot reveal the engine supplier in the interview. It's either going to be a 'wow' engine announcement, or a complete anticlimax, after all the secrecy.
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Only took one weekend for Jani to realise how crap Formula E is, would be a bit of a bump back down to earth driving one of those things round car parks all around the world rather than the 919
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well not a big surprise afterall....
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Only took one weekend for Jani to realise how crap Formula E is, would be a bit of a bump back down to earth driving one of those things round car parks all around the world rather than the 919
You mean how crap Dragon is. Independent teams don't have a hope in Formula E anymore, let alone ones that couldn't survive in IndyCar. That car is going to be running around at the back and getting lapped all season.
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As a Dane I really want to see that happen, but at the annoncement I was really sceptical of this going to happen.

Even in Denmark there have been zero information about this project.
According to danish Automotive industry news, the Rebellion deal is still very much in place. Zenvo has partnered up with Shell for all aspects og lubrication for the new engine.
It will be a brand new engineered engine meant for both Rebellion and Zenvo roadcars.
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Any knowledge floating around how far Zenvo is with their engine program? Could we see it this season?
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Any knowledge floating around how far Zenvo is with their engine program? Could we see it this season?
Not that I have seen, but it must be said that Zenvo is a company driven by engineers with very limited ressources (if any) on marketing/PR. I donít expect to hear anything solid until Rebellions says more or the engine is completed.
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