BR Engineering have unveiled their LMP1 non-hybrid challenger, which will finally turn a wheel in anger in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Dallara constructed BR1, will be the first LMP1 car that SMP Racing have entered in the WEC, with their last fully-fledged constructors effort being the BR01 LMP2, designed by Paolo Catone, who penned one of the greatest LMP1 cars ever built,- the Peugeot 908. The BR01 was built, developed and tested despite minimal running time to become the first Russian car on the Le Mans podium.
“The significant fact is that we’d announced the agreement between BR Engineering and Dallara to start working on the BR1 prototype exactly a year ago on November the 17, during the FIA WEC 2016 final round said BR Engineering owner Boris Rotenberg.
“Today we are honoured and pleased to present you the result of these 365 days of hard work. Having the best racing car production experience and the achievements of one of the best companies – Dallara. As well as Russian experts and SMP Racing drivers Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin, Mikhail Aleshin, Victor Shaitar, Kirill Ladygin took part at different stages of the car’s development. The drivers worked on the simulator and their task was to make their professional suggestions into key aspects of the prototype development – from ergonomics to the car’s behavior on the track.”
BR Engineering is the first chassis manufacturer to present a car which meets the new FIA WEC regulations. The Russian company the has already signed a contract for the production of the BR1 prototype for the DragonSpeed team which recently announced its intention to participate in LMP1 class of the FIA WEC. DragonSpeed has confirmed it will race with a Gibson-powered BR1 LMP1 – a 4.5 liter development of the LMP2 spec 4.2 liter V8..
The BR1 will race with an AER engine which has already completed 1000 km of testing at Motorland Aragon. In the hands of Vitaly Petrov, Mikhail Aleshin and Sergey Sirotkin, Kirill Ladygin and Victor Shaytar.
BR Engineering will join Ginetta in the LMP1 ranks next season, which will be powered by a Mecachrome turbo V6 engine.
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