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20th Oreca 07 LMP2 Car Delivered

ORECA delivers 20th new-for-2017 LMP2 car ahead of 24H Le Mans…

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ORECA has delivered its 20th Oreca 07 Gibson, marking a significant milestone for the French constructor and the new-for-2017 LMP2 regulations.

The car, believed to be a spare chassis for one of the existing teams, was delivered last week, ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where a total of 14 Orecas will be on the grid in the 25-car LMP2 class, including the two Alpine A470-badged cars from the Signatech squad.

While a handful of Orecas were upgraded from the previous-generation Oreca 05, the constructor has enjoyed an early dominance in numbers, with only Onroak Automotive having also reached double-digit production numbers for its Ligier JS P217, out of the four licensed LMP2 constructors.

It’s understood there are upwards of 50 new-generation LMP2 chassis in existence worldwide, including the DPi models competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

An ORECA spokesperson confirmed that its 21st chassis is expected to be completed this weekend.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. southcove

    May 24, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Whats the mandated price this year for a LMP2 rolling chassis?

    What is the price for a Gibson engine rental or lease, etc?

    • Mike D

      May 25, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Rolling chassis: €483,000
      Does not include homologated engine, “homologated electronic equipment” (exact wording from the rulebook), air conditioning (€7000 max), rear view camera, telemetry, or tire-pressure monitoring system.

      I can’t find an official price for the engine, none is specified in the rulebook. It only requires that the homologated engine be used.

      Source: http://www.fia.com/file/51743/download/14096?token=EZ5JnktD
      Or go here: http://www.fia.com/regulation/category/118 and click on the link that says “LMP2 Prototype Homologated in 2017”

      • KW

        May 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm

        Compared to that, what’s the price of an LMP3?
        I remember reading that Onroak has already sold more than 40 Ligier JSP3…

        • Background Info

          June 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

          For LMP2:
          The Gibson engine is €1,250, leased in 25hr blocks for €31,250

          For LMP3
          Onroak has sold more than 80 LMP3 worldwide.
          The cost cap for all LMP3 is €206,000 including engine, electronics and gearbox, but not including spares and options and accessories.

  2. Jenner

    May 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    If it weren’t for IMSA, many drivers would have the chance to fulfill their lifelong dream of competing and maybe even winning Lemans.

    Instead, they get to play second fiddle to Crapwagons in that vacation destination resort city of Detroit.

    Drivers, don’t forget your flack jackets, you’ll need it for those late night Taco bell runs.

    • David Chaste

      May 29, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      Drivers know the schedules when they sign up for teams. If lemans is a priority for them it’s up to them to make themselves available for lemans. But for most pro drivers they go where whoever is paying wants them.

    • Andy Flinn

      June 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Jenner, if it wasn’t for IMSA, drivers would have to play second fiddle in the LMP2 class to the Toyota and Porsche LMP1 cars, in second-rate vehicles with one mandated spec engine (Gibson) and restricted bodywork.

      Yeah!

      Instead, because of IMSA, drivers can choose between Cadillac, Mazda, Nissan and, yes, Gibson and receive factory (GM, Mazda, Nissan) support. IMSA drivers also get to race for OVERALL victory honors at some of the best, most famous and challenging circuits (Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, Road America, Laguna Seca, Mosport, Sebring, Daytona, etc.) on the planet, instead of dull F1 Tilkedromes in China and the Middle East.

      I would much rather attend a race in Detroit than Bahrain.

      To each his own….

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