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Gibson Poised for LMP2 Engine Bid, Future LMP1 Options

GIbson poised for LMP2 single engine supply bid in 2017…

Photo: Gibson Technology

Photo: Gibson Technology

While having elected not to submit a LMP2 chassis bid, Gibson Technology is poised to be among the manufacturers in the tender process for the single-supply engine contract in 2017. (En Français)

The British manufacturer, formerly known as Zytek, currently builds and services Nissan’s VK45DE powerplant, which is used by the majority of teams competing in the LMP2 category.

“We did not [place] a tender for a chassis manufacturer in LMP2 because it did not fit our business plan,” Gibson operations director John Manchester told Endurance-Info.

“Also it’s a shame that after many superb seasons in LMP2 we’re not able to produce a chassis for the category.

“Currently, we’re assessing the tender for the [single-supply] engine and we expect new opportunities for LMP1 programs.”

Gibson could follow in the footsteps of Strakka with a future LMP1 chassis project, although prospects for such an effort have not yet been confirmed.

It’s understood the LMP2 engine tender process is ongoing, with the ACO, FIA and IMSA to finalize its selection in September.

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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