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SMP BR01 LMP2 Car Passes Crash Test, Preparing for Race Debut

BR01 LMP2 car passes crash test, ramping up for race debut…

Photo: BR Engineering

Photo: BR Engineering

SMP Racing’s new LMP2 car continues to make progress, with the Nissan-powered BR01 recently passing the crash test on its first try, ahead of its planned debut in next month’s European Le Mans Series season-opener in Silverstone. (En Français)

The Russian prototype, designed by Paolo Catone, has faced some delays in its build due to the influx of orders from its suppliers, many of whom work in F1.

However, the car must make its first public appearance at the official pre-season ELMS test at Paul Ricard at the end of this month.

SMP will field two BR01-Nissans in the ELMS and 24 Hours of Le Mans this year for drivers Nic Minassian, Maurizio Mediani, David Markozov (No. 27) and Mikhail Aleshin and brothers Kirill and Anton Ladygin (No. 37).

Construction of the car has been undertaken by BR Engineering, which carries the initials of team principal Boris Rotenberg. The manufacturer is headquartered in the south of France.

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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