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Kairos Targeting Move to LMP1 Within Next Three Years

Kairos Technologies outlines plans for move to LMP1 within three years…

Photo: SARD-Morand/Vision Sport Agency

Photo: SARD-Morand/Vision Sport Agency

Kairos Technologies has made a grand entrance into endurance racing this year with a presence with Greaves Motorsport in the European Le Mans Series and Team SARD-Morand in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Ukrainian firm, specializing in cryptography and data transmission, has become a majority shareholder of Benoit Morand’s team, and hasn’t hidden its ambitions for the future, which includes an eventual step into the top prototype class.

“The ultimate goal is to arrive in LMP1 and the acquisition of Benoit Morand’s team should allow us to do that,” Kairos Technologies President Michel Vieira told Endurance-Info. “We are allowing ourselves a period of three years to get there.”

While Kairos will open branches in Asia to get closer with Japanese manufacturers such as Nissan and Toyota, the short-term sees the team compete in the LMP2 ranks with SARD-Morand’s Judd-powered Morgan EVOs.

Vieira admitted the company is quickly growing beyond the data industry, with sports car racing serving as the perfect platform.

“Endurance racing is our priority,” he said. “I am a motorsport enthusiast and this discipline is heavily involved in new technologies. It’s a real human and physical challenge.

“We wish to promote Kairos worldwide and the 24 Hours of Le Mans will help us. It’s exciting to get our partners in such a race.”

Kairos has also become a major backer of the Morand’s “Race to 24” program, which has been reduced from 12 to nine episodes, premiering on April 12.

The online competition, where the winner will land a race seat in the No. 43 Morgan-SARD for Le Mans and the remainder of the FIA WEC season, will also now see a number of other influential judges in addition to Morand.

Further details of the revised program are expected to be announced shortly.

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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