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Thomas (LAS Motorsport): “We Are Ready to Push the Button”

LAS Motorsport pushing ahead with new LMP3 car…

Image: LAS Motorsport

Image: LAS Motorsport

While the new-for-2015 LMP3 category has so far been dominated by the Ginetta-Juno LMP3, with no fewer than eight cars already confirmed, work has not stopped at LAS Motorsport, which plans to debut a new prototype of its own this year as well. (En Français)

The French constructor, a collaborative effort between Sebastien Loeb Racing, ADESS AG and SORA Racing, revealed its new LMP3 machine last month and is close to confirming its first customers, according to SLR technical director Leo Thomas.

“The announcement was made quite late,” Thomas told Endurance-Info. “We’ve made contact with many teams, including some known outfits. We’ve met people from different continents. The price/performance ratio is very appealing. It costs less than a GT3 car and is also safer.”

It’s been an all-hands on deck effort for the new company, which has been able to take resources from the three organizations and work on developing the yet-to-be-named car.

“We are stronger together than being separate,” Thomas said. “I am confident about the reliability of the and the engine performance. We know where we’re going. All of the tools and components are well known to us.

“LAS Motorsport wants to bring technical support to its customers. We can also support a team that has no experience in prototype racing, both from the mechanical and technical operations.

“We already have requests from teams wishing to come into endurance racing.”

Unlike Ginetta-Juno, which will see race involvement from Team LNT, LAS Motorsport will not run a car of its own, electing not to compete against its customers.

While production of the car has not yet started, the constructor is very close to pulling the trigger.

“As soon as the first firm order has been made, we are launching production,” Thomas said. “We are ready to push the button.

“The product is affordable in terms of costs and parts. Teams can also set up a junior team to run a cost-effective prototype.”

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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