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Perrinn LMP1 Project Returns, Two Cars Sold for 2018

Two Perrinn LMP1 chassis sold for 2018, project reappears…

Photo: Perrinn

Photo: Perrinn

The Perrinn LMP1 project has resurfaced after originally being announced in 2014, with an announcement coming on Thursday that a European team has purchased two chassis to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.

The UK-based constructor revealed plans for an open-source LMP1 car three years ago, with a 2015 debut originally planned.

However, the project was eventually put on standby, until Nicolas Perrin brought the program back earlier this year.

The as-yet-unnamed car is expected to be revealed in November, ahead of testing, which will start in December.

Design work on the LMP1 non-hybrid prototype is already completed, while preliminary crash tests have also taken place.

The rolling chassis has been priced at £1.2 million ($1.56 million), which is cheaper than Ginetta’s similar 2018 LMP1 car which will cost £1.34 million ($1.74 million).

“Increased support and stability from the FIA and ACO, coupled with programs from other manufacturers has meant we’ve had a lot of discussions with teams seeking more freedom than the new LMP2 category,” said Perrin.

“LMP1 offers a route to progress from an engineering and pace point of view. In just a few short months, the program has progressed very quickly to the point where we’ll have two cars plus enough spares to build another car within six months.

“We have ensured we have capacity to do more should some of our other discussions develop.”

The identity of the European team that has purchased the two cars has yet to be revealed.

Perrin has again stressed the importance of the project’s open-source nature, which was one of the defining aspects when the program was first announced.

“I am using open source as a way to focus resources and talents around our project,” he said.

“I want Perrinn to achieve success at Le Mans by becoming a much bigger organization than it can be if we limit ourselves to a centralized closed company.

“Our workforce is decentralized and global. Our team is open and accessible.”

Perrinn joins Ginetta and a joint project between Dallara and BR Engineering in developing non-hybrid LMP1 chassis for next year, with a grid that could now see up to eight cars in the LMP1 Privateer ranks.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. ERIc

    May 18, 2017 at 5:39 am

    LMP1 is ALIVE!!!!

  2. susafan

    May 18, 2017 at 5:46 am

    I think it’s that Morand-group that bought the chassis.

    • GR88

      May 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Morand is a separate program.

    • someone

      May 18, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      It is not according to Gram Goodwin.

  3. Luc

    May 18, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Nice, but the car is ugly

    • pop

      May 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      but all the prototypes are nowadays

    • Matt

      May 18, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Half of it is the fin. But the FIA cares more about the non-existant risk of a flip than gaining fans. Davidson in his Toyota showed the cars still can flip with or without a fin.

      • Barn Owl Lover

        May 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        The fin was supposed to accomplish what NASCAR roof flaps are supposed to do. McNish’s accident and Rocky getting spun out at LM in ’11 showed that the fins can work, and McNish only flipped over when he bounced off the tire wall.

        Problem with the fin, like NASCAR’s roof flaps, is that it’s not fool proof, and it won’t work in 100% of situations. Davidson was traveling at top speed, got hit by another car, and said contact broke the whole LR corner off.

        And let’s not forget the incidents of Daytona Prototypes flipping or getting airborne at Daytona over the years.

  4. Anonymous

    May 18, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Good News for LMP1!!

    Now all we need is for Rebellion to come back (which will hopefully be in 2019), maybe another Manufacturer in LMP1-H and maybe there won’t need to be a rules re-write in 2020.

    I was worried that this project would never hit the track. Well Done Perrinn!

  5. Mamozrenesis

    May 18, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Does anybody know which engine will be used by BR-Dallara and by this team?
    As far as I remember we only know that Ginetta will use Mecachrome and ByKolles NISMO.

    • GR88

      May 18, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      According to Mika Salo BR will use Mechachrome. Of course, they could be open to offers, like Nismo.

      I would think any DPI engine has potential too.

    • Anonymous

      May 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Perrinn have stated on their website that the car is capable of being modified to use hybrid drivetrains, so if anyone (Joest??) has access to Audi’s engine and hybrid system, it would fit.

      As for a non-hybrid engine, it will have to be either the Mecachrome engine, like in the Ginetta or potentially a NISMO unit similar to the one in the Kolles car.

      I’m not sure but would the LMP2 4.2L Gibson V8 be eligible in LMP1?

      • Mamozrenesis

        May 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

        IMHO a good choiche for Dallara could be the Cadillac engine already used in their DPi (obviously not as restricted as it is in IMSA). But I wonder how it could fight against turbocharged engine in LMP1.

        Also the Nismo seems quite a good engine, as ByKolles showed in Spa.

        What about the AER V6 used last year by Rebellion and ByKolles itself?

        • EH

          May 18, 2017 at 7:11 pm

          The Caddy is too big.

          “Engine cubic capacity is free for “LM” P1-H cars and must
          not exceed 5500 cm3 for “LM” P1 cars.”

          • Barn Owl Lover

            May 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

            That’s not what the recent LMP1 privateer proposal for next year I read is. They’ll be allowed to have both unlimited engine displacement and unlimited engine changes next year to get them to run more powerful engines.

        • Larry

          May 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm

          Yeah, poor Cadillac is soooooooooo restricted in IMSA. Good grief.

          And they let the Nissan and Mazda run all the boost they want, huh.

          Oh wait, no they don’t. They are pretty much choked to death in DPi.

  6. southcove

    May 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    It’s within reason to think a current (or recent past) P2 manufacturer could step into this level with a P1 rolling chassis that is MUCH cheaper than either of these cars…isn’t the current P2 buy in under 500K for a chassis? Why then dramatically higher for a P1 when so much is shared tech on a computer screen?

  7. Kirk

    May 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Now hopefully something will be done to make the performance of the hybrids and privateers at least close so that the privateer P1’s will have a snowballs chance in hell of staying near the uber-machines. I don’t mind if the big manufacturers garner all the publicity, but if one of them falters there should be a privateer car close enough behind to take advantage.

  8. humid

    May 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    yeah not looking forward to seeing these new P1s 10 seconds slower than the factory space ships. hopefully it wont happen and hopefully lmnp1 wont be split into 2 classes again

  9. Steven

    May 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    A 3 year old LMP1 design being sold now? Hopefully its been upgraded its gonna be a sitting duck to even LMP2’s.

  10. GridS2Plaza

    May 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

    One LMP1 privateer program dusted off from 3 years ago and suddenly LMP1 is all better now.

    Here’s hoping for success of this program, but how many programs are “announced” and never make it to the track.

    It is still a serious up hill battle for LMP1 to gain serious traction and add numbers that get it close to double digit car counts.

    I’m still not sure that down the road a blending of LMP1 privateer and DPi similar to what occurred with group C and IMSA GTP back in the 80’s is not where all of this should end up.

    That would allow the best option for cross-over between series while still maintaining the LMP1 factory efforts.

    I’m a fan of all sports car racing and don’t want to see any series collapse, but there has been more non-start programs announced for LMP-1 recently than any other series.

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