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Duqueine Mobility Acquires Norma

Duqueine Mobility acquires Norma Auto Concepts; focus on growing LMP3 car production…

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Duqueine Mobility has acquired Norma Auto Concepts, which will see the longtime French prototype constructor be aligned under the Gilles Duqueine and Yann Belhomme-led organization.

The company, to be known as Norma Automotive, will continue to produce its M30 LMP3 car as well as pursue “new challenging projects” and international development of the brand.

“This new collaboration will breathe life into Norma and also into the spirit that has been driving us,” said Norma founder Norbert Santos.

“The existing Norma crew will be reinforced by new skills that will bring a better service and an optimized support to our customers.

“Gilles Duqueine has strong values close to my heart and the same incredible racing passion that has always led me. I will be happy to continue to support him in this new exciting challenge.”

Duqueine Engineering, which was one of the first customer teams of the Norma M30 in Europe, will cease competition in LMP3, with a planned move to LMP2 in the European Le Mans Series with one of the existing FIA-licensed chassis.

Its acquisition will also bolster Duqueine’s involvement in the aerospace industry, according to Gilles Duqueine.

“Norma Automotive brings us additional know-how including the design of carbon chassis, suspension, safety, crash test and aero performance,” he said.

“I know I can count on Yann Belhomme to take up this challenge that we are going into with a lot of ambition and humility… We will continue to manufacture winning cars.”

Haas Auto is the North American importer for Norma, which saw one of its LMP3 cars campaigned by Kelly Moss Road and Race claim the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda championship this year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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