Despite having faced delays, which forced the car from competing in this year’s African 6 Hour, the build of the new Pilbeam MP100 has continued, with the LMP2 car on schedule to be completed by the end of this month. (En Français)
Led by South African-based Zoo Racing, the prototype is now in the assembly phase, according to team representative Greg Mills.
“The new bodywork transforming the original Pilbeam MP93 into the MP100 is currently, as the photos indicate, under final preparation, with the plugs largely completed and the moulds now underway,” Mills said. “Once the body is completed, we plan to test again through until early November.
Mills said the bodywork is being manufactured by Pretoria-based Aerosud, a leading South African defense company and aerospace contractor to Boeing and Airbus.
The car could make its on-track debut later this year, if all goes to plan.
“We would like to race the car in the Asian Le Mans Series before the end of the year, depending on Pilbeam’s progress with the required new homologation,” Mills said.
“As an alternative, we have an invitation to race the new edition in South Africa in the planned 3-hour at Killarney in Cape Town in December.”
The team is understood to be targeting a future entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Pilbeam last competed in the French endurance classic in 2007.