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Mecachrome Evaluating DPi Engine

Mecachrome evaluating adaptation of new LMP1 powerplant for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship…

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Mecachrome could be represented in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the future, with the French engine builder evaluating an adaption of its new LMP1 powerplant for use in a DPi.

The manufacturer has revealed that it’s looking at the “necessary modifications” to adapt its new 3.4-liter turbocharged V6 unit for use in IMSA’s Prototype class.

With all LMP2 cars powered by a spec Gibson V8, Mecachrome’s engine would only be eligible for DPi competition, through a partnership with an OEM.

It is the latest LMP1 engine manufacturer to throw its hat into the ring for IMSA’s emerging prototype formula, which could evolve into a common platform with the FIA and ACO for the next set of LMP1/DPi regulations, due in 2020/21.

Both Nissan and AER currently have a presence in both LMP1 and DPi, with the Japanese manufacturer supplying engines to ByKolles in the WEC and Tequila Patron ESM in IMSA, and AER to power SMP Racing’s BR Engineering BR1 prototypes, while also building Mazda’s MZ-2.0T engine, as well as 

Mecachrome is currently the exclusive engine partner for the FIA Formula 2 Championship, GP3 Series and is also a major supplier for Renault’s Formula One engine.

“The project for this new V6 engine started about two and a half years ago,” said Mecachrome Motorsport Director Bruno Engelric.

“We agreed to build new engines for the GP3 Series and FIA Formula 2 Championship, so when the LMP1 program was launched, it was obvious that this engine would be the perfect basis.

“Obviously, in the WEC LMP1 privateer class, we will have a lot of competition, so we really have to push the limits.

“We’ve had to adapt many aspects of the Mecachrome engine and aren’t limited by rules – our development is only restricted by whatever the team we’re supplying’s budget is.

“It’s a very exciting prospect and we look forward to welcoming any new teams who may want to work with us.”

While a customer team has not yet been confirmed for the WEC, Ginetta announced earlier this year that the Mecachrome powerplant would come standard in its yet-to-be-named car.

Manor was announced as the first customer for the Ginetta, although it has yet to declare its engine choice.

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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