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.