ORECA Announces New LMP2 Coupe for 2015

Photo: DPPI/ORECA

Photo: DPPI/ORECA

ORECA announced Tuesday that it will build an all-new closed-top LMP2 car for 2015, while also providing updates to its existing cost-capped open-top prototype next year.

The French constructor has started the design phase of the Oreca 05, which is scheduled to hit the track for testing by the end of next year. The car will utilize the same tub as the new ORECA-built Rebellion R-One LMP1 car, which will compete in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.

“The ORECA 05 will be a radical change compared the previous car because it will have a closed cockpit,” ORECA President Hugues De Chaunac said. “But our design office is working to include innovative solutions and to set itself apart from concepts that are present today. We want to gain momentum on all levels, with a global approach to technical and marketing strategies.”

The new LMP2 car will be eligible for the WEC, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship through the end of the 2017 season, at a minimum.

“This car will be completely new and our objective is to continue the momentum begun by the ORECA 03,” said technical director David Floury. “With the ORECA 05 in 2015, we want to take the next big step, by offering a car that’s even more reliable and with greater performance.”

ORECA also confirmed that it will be offering an update to its existing LMP2 contender for next year, which will be called the Oreca 03R.

“The ORECA 03 has reached a certain level of maturity,” Floury said. “The goal of the ORECA 03R is to capitalize on this base, and to implement the technical feedback provided by the 10 teams who have race the ORECA 03, all while maintaining a cost cap.”

Further details on both cars are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

11 Comments

  1. Thomassie

    December 10, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Sounds good. Oreca is getting more serious by the day.

    • Bakkster

      December 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Agreed. And reusing a P1 tub is a great way to keep costs down.

  2. NaBUru38

    December 10, 2013 at 9:29 am

    But when will LMP2 rules change?

  3. joe

    December 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

    why not just cost cap lmp1. maybe have it be a lot higher than p2 so as not to change the nature of the category but allow for private teams to compete again. id be impreassed if audi could innovate under a realistic budget.

    • jack

      December 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

      i dont think audi, toyota, or porsche would race under your idea bud

    • Me

      December 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Audi’s budget is realistic for them. I would hate for them to make lmp1 in to a form of lmp2 it’s nice that somewhere in the world of Motorsports there is still a little bit of freedom left.

      • Bakkster

        December 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm

        I hope with the F1 cost cap, a few of the big spending teams take that extra budget and put it towards P1 programs.

    • JAGLeMans

      December 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      The idea of the new for ’14 LMP-L class is for privateers to run to a cost-cap of sorts, in the sense it’s a category for non-hybrid cars, which will be performance balanced against the LMP-H cars in terms of power, weight and fuel capacity

      LMP1-H cars advantage will come through increased efficiency, not outright speed like today.

    • KJ Maxwell

      December 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      I like your plan. That’s what I would like to see as well. If a new and more cost effective LMP1 class would come about it would make LeMans and the WEC viable again.

      It could be the top class here in the USCC as well as in the WEC. LMP3 becomes LMP2 and GT3 is GT. Daytona, Sebring and PLM are again rounds of the World Championship. Done.

      • JAGLeMans

        December 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

        LMP1-L is happening next year, only privateers can enter, with non-hybrid cars.

        Factories have to compete in LMP1-H, privateers can also enter the class, but if they do, they will not receive any BoP help.

        In fact, BoP in LMP1-H will be set in stone for a full 12 months, from one Le Mans to the next, to encourage and reward development, and negate sandbagging in early season rounds.

  4. JAGLeMans

    December 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I take it with all these new P2′s, particularly clean sheet coupes like the Dome, OAK and ORECA, P2 chassis regs are going to remain near unchanged in ’17 and beyond.

    The only changes I envisage are with regards to costs and increased running time for engines and components.

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