The LMP3 market is continuing to gain interest, with ADESS AG set to join Ginetta, Onroak Automotive and Riley Technologies in offering the entry level prototype for competition later this year. (En Français)
The German firm, led by Stephane Choose, was originally announced as a partner in LAS Motorpsort, a consortium with Sora Composites and Sebastien Loeb Racing that was to build a LMP3 car, but never materialized.
“It was originally planned to set up a partnership with two partners but this could not be achieved for technical reasons,” Choose told Endurance-Info.
“We sincerely believe that LMP3 has a bright future. LMP3 is a real springboard for those with a limited budget.”
Choose said construction of the first ADESS LM-03 has already begun, with the first tub set to arrive early next month. The target is to begin on-track testing in September.
“To date, we have three firm orders and further discussions are ongoing,” Choose said.
“We’ve been in contact with different teams, both in Europe and Asia. We’re also looking at what could be put into place in the United States.”
The initial testing will be conducted by ADESS AG in southern Germany, prior to delivery for customers competing in the ACO’s continental championships.
“There is a real desire to run in competition before the end of the year,” Choose said. “ADESS AG will provide support to customers in Asia and the U.S. via a local team on each continent.”
While having shelved plans for a LMP2 car, due to the new-for-2017 regulations, Choose has targeted the long-term goal of building a car for the LMP1 non-hybrid class.
“LMP3 must led us to LMP1 non-hybrid in the future,” he said. “We just have to find the right opportunity knowing that it’s quite difficult.
“Before we commit, we need to find serious people who want to invest for the long-term. We cannot afford to launch such a program lightly.
“We’re looking at the LMP1 regulations for 2017. I think LMP1 non-hybrid is interesting and can become the future of LMP2 that can help manufacturers take the plunge.”