The market for LMP2 manufacturers is in full swing.
Zytek presented its new closed-top car last week while its tried and trusted Z11SN model, which is nearly 10 years old, took class honors in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ligier, meanwhile, has hit the market, while SMP Racing is working on its own prototype for 2015, not to mention new models from ORECA Technology and HPD as well.
News from ADESS AG, however, has been scarce, up until now, but CEO Stephane Choose hasn’t put his LMP2 project on the sidelines. (En Français)
“The ADESS 02 is still relevant,” Choose told Endurance-Info at Le Mans. “We expect to have the first customer shortly. Discussions are ongoing but nothing has been signed.
“The LMP2 market is not that important because teams are waiting for the end of the current [regulations] which should be completed in 2016. But we can still see that LMP2s are in the game.”
Multiple options are being explored for the ADESS 02, including the possibility of team and/or manufacturer-specific branding.
“We are not resistant to a client who would want to badge the car themselves,” Choose said. “We remain open to a team that would put their own name on it, or add, ‘By ADDESS’. This could allow us to move faster.”
Regarding legal disputes between ADESS AG and Kodewa following the Lotus T128, Choose explained that it’s in the hands of the German courts.
When asked about his opinion on the Lotus P01/01, which was presented at Le Mans last week, and its alleged affiliation with the T128, which was ADESS-designed, Choose said, “No comment.”
ADESS is also keeping a close eye on developments in the new-for-2015 LMP3 class, which will run in the European and Asian Le Mans Series.
A formal announcement of the category’s launch is expected next month.
“We’re taking a close look at it,” Choose said. “I think LMP3 has a promising future. This is the true prototype for a low cost of operation.”