WR Calls Off Bio-Methane Garage 56 Project for 2017

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Photo: WR

The WR Bio-Methane prototype that was set to race in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as the Garage 56 entrant has been postponed. (En Français)

The French car, which was set to feature a three-cylinder 1.2-liter engine along with a cryogenic fuel tank, first revealed in May, has been called off for 2017 due to budget reasons.

Speaking to Endurance-Info, WR engineer Thibaut Dejardin explained that the project has not been abandoned, but has already missed the deadline to be on the grid in time for the race.

“The project continues,” Dejardin told Endurance-Info. “Unfortunately we will not be in Le Mans next year. However, and this will depend of course on the decision of the ACO, we hope to be in 2018, 2019 or 2020.

“Mechanically, we have made good progress. The carbon monocoque is finished. The nose gear is completed and is being assembled. The rear axle and its crashbox are being manufactured, the steering column is being assembled with steering wheel and power steering. The engine structure is being modified to accommodate the bio-methane.

“Various parts: crankshaft; pistons; camshaft; pushers; bearings; etc., are currently at the subcontractors and await the budget. The body waits for a final run in the wind tunnel for us to launch the tools. ”

As a result, next year’s French endurance classic is not expected to feature a Garage 56 entry, with the ACO yet to announce the recipient of the entry, for experimental or innovative technologies, for 2018.

It’s understood multiple projects have been proposed for 2018, including at least one from an Asian automaker.

13 Comments

  1. Wharf

    December 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Let best DPi finisher run Garage 56 this year…

    • Wharf

      December 14, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Sorry. Best Rolex 24 DPi finisher..

      • Zamzabik

        December 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

        No.

        • Tim

          December 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

          Why not? Besides the fact the dead line was already missed.

          It fits the bill just as much as that modifed Morgan did last year

          • N8

            December 14, 2016 at 11:52 am

            You’re being disingenuous with regard to Sausset’s achievement.

            There are pretty specific criteria for Garage 56 now. The project has to be breaking new ground in terms of technology, be realistically achievable and be a test bed for a manufacturer-backed LMP1 effort in the future.

          • Tim

            December 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

            No i wasnt referencing Sausset in the slightest. That is a great achievement, and Im happy for him.

            I was simply stating that it was a heavily modified P2 and and that is what the DPi’s are. A heavily modifed P2.

            But your right. I forgot that there is supposed to be intentions of running a lmp1 program.

          • Bakkster

            December 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm

            N8: Intentions in P1 seem helpful, but I don’t remember them being an explicit requirement for G56.

            But I agree, a DPi would make no sense as a G56 entry. As some other type of invitational entry, maybe, but not under the G56 banner.

  2. Tim

    December 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Wasnt this car entered and withdrew from the 2014 or 2015 lemans also?

    Its good its making progress though.

    • John Wiederecht

      December 14, 2016 at 11:42 am

      That was the hydrogen version.

      • Tim

        December 14, 2016 at 11:59 am

        Oh thats right, thanks for clarifying.

  3. John Wiederecht

    December 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Wasn’t Welter involved with another g56 project that never materialized? The hydrogen one I think.

  4. Zerious

    December 14, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I believe this team already tried to enter G56, but it did not happen. If I remember correctly, it was 2014 or 2015.

  5. Jak

    December 14, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    The GreenGT, was the hydrogen car, with it’s tanks exposed on the outside. Was deemed to difficult at the time to plumb in all the hydrogen lines at the pit lane I think. Daytona prototypes would be a nice addition to Le Mans, but they have similarities to the deadly but stunning CLK LM. They back flip at high speeds.

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