Initial development of the new BR1 prototype from BR Engineering and Dallara has begun, with SMP Racing driver Mikhail Aleshin involved in the early stages of the LMP1 car’s design.
The Russian pilot recently visited the Dallara factory in Italy to help finalize the cockpit layout of the non-hybrid prototype, which will debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.
“We had a very productive day at work on the new prototype,” Aleshin said. “Together with designers and other specialists, we worked on the car controls and layout of some of the devices and the position of the panels.
“Of course, this is a small but important part [of the project], and I am pleased to make this a contribution.
“I hope to come again and again to the Dallara plant, to continue this work, and of course look forward to the first test at the wheel of the new Russian prototype.”
The BR1 is not expected to begin on track testing until later this year, with initial development believed to be undertaken on the Italian constructor’s P217 chassis.
SMP announced late last year that it will enter the LMP1 ranks with the Russian prototype, which is expected to be among the influx of privateer entries in the top class beginning next year.