With uncertainty over the future structure of the LMP2 class, as well as other factors, Tiga’s prototype program has been indefinitely put on hold. (En Français)
The project, led by former Le Mans class winner Mike Newton, was to see an open-top prototype, based off the ex-Embassy Racing WF01 car, compete in the LMP2 category. Plans were also in place for the small UK-based constructor to build an all-new car for 2017.
“Based on the latest proposals, namely only four manufacturers in 2017 in LMP2, which for me is a huge disappointment, and the complete lack of interest on the part of anyone either renting the HPD no matter the price, I have no choice but to put the LMP2 project on hold,” Newton told Endurance-Info.
Newton, who purchased the Tiga company in 2013, has voiced his concern over the future of the LMP2 platform, should the current FIA/ACO proposal be approved.
“The ACO may be right in saying that there are too many chassis manufacturers for the new regulations would work from an economic point of view but what’s wrong with the prior cost containment regulations?” Newton asked.
“All we need is a mechanism to prevent a repeat of the Porsche RS Spyder types. At present, everyone is reporting rising costs and tighter margins, when [there’s already] a regime of cost containment.
“[The 2017] remedy could easily kill the patient.”