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Oreca 07 Turns First Laps at Paul Ricard

Oreca 07 completes first shakedown in Paul Ricard…

Photo: Alexis Goure/ORECA

Photo: Alexis Goure/ORECA

The Oreca 07 has completed an initial shakedown Wednesday at Paul Ricard, marking the first laps for the French constructor’s new LMP2 contender, which is slated to debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Nicolas Lapierre handled driving duties of the new prototype, which will now undergo an extensive on-track testing and development phase in the build up to next year.

The car features all-new bodywork and other significant updates compared to the Oreca 05. Existing customers of the closed-top Oreca will be able to purchase an upgrade kit to make their cars compliant with the new-for-2017 LMP2 regulations.

JDC/Miller Motorsports has been the first confirmed customer for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, while DragonSpeed has already announced plans to campaign two cars in the European Le Mans Series next year.

Photo: Alexis Goure/ORECA

Photo: Alexis Goure/ORECA

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. MB

    October 26, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Interesting to see what seems to be the genesis of the Porsche P1 in the Dallara, and the Toyota P1 in the Oreca

    • kv

      October 26, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      THE TURBO ENGINE CARS TRY TO CHANNEL AS MUCH AIR THROUGH THE NOSE AS POSSIBLE, to cool the heat exchangers,and the splitter serves as a front wing, as the front of the chassis forms a keel much like a boat, to ply the air and reduce drag to improve the straight line speed !makes for one fast but FUGLY PROTOTYPE.

    • Max

      October 26, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      It looks a lot like an Oreca 03 with a closed top and wider wing. Not a bad way to go.

  2. Luc

    October 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

    The nose looks outdated

    • RLL_335

      October 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Function is more important. People knocked the Riley for the same thing. They’ll do just fine

      • ML

        October 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm

        We haven’t seen the Riley yet…

        • Bakkster

          October 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

          The Ave/Riley P3.

          • Jack

            October 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

            The car isn’t homologated and Bill said they are changing the p3 front end to look more like the p2 car

    • welp

      October 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      No the Riley P3 nose looks outdated. This looks fine.

  3. Dave

    October 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Looks like an endurance racer should look like Not like the Audi that looks like a single seater with wheel arches

  4. ML

    October 26, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    It looks, dare I say, pretty… It looks like a fairly conservative design, but I like it a lot.

    • tracer

      October 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Agreed 100%.

  5. Nick

    October 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I like that the nose is more of a tradition design, it’s a very good looking race car!

  6. slow

    October 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    It looks like something big got smashed on the right side headlight cover. Did they hit a bird in testing?

    • Anon

      October 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Looks like a really juicy bug.

      • slow

        October 26, 2016 at 10:25 pm

        I don’t think I would want to meet that baseball sized bug.

  7. ML

    October 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    From head on, it almost has a bit of resemblance to the old Lola B08s, with the sort of triangular front nose.

    • NASCAR/DPs Suck

      October 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Yep, I like that-sidepods look good and it retains the Oreca 03 style front lower splitter as well. Those old Lolas are some of my favorite looking prototypes.

  8. Marc

    October 26, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Going back to moving air over the car instead of through tunnels and out the side. Looks like the last gen Lola with a rounded nose.

    • tracer

      October 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Definitely looks a lot like what I imagine the Lola would have looked like if they had made it this gen… which is pretty darn cool imo.

  9. rissas dad

    October 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Really like the inward leaning rear fenders, that stands out to me. I like it.

  10. Morningview66

    October 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Very nice!

    Looks like the new gen of P2 will be pretty card.

    How about the ACO/FIA get Porsche & Toyota stuff their hybrid systems in these next year. No aero development kind of like a hybrid DPi but with no styling kits?

    • Anon

      October 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Easier said than done. If you could even agree to let Porsche and Toyota do that (they won’t), and teams had enough money to pay for and run the hybrid (they don’t), you still can’t just bolt on one of the hybrid systems. The LMP1 cars are designed around the hybrids and it’s not just a simple bolt-on.

      There may be a chance that the new P2 cars in 2021 or whatever have basic hybrid systems though.

    • Jack

      October 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      These cars are built to the same areo rules as the p1 cars.

  11. Dave Henrie

    October 26, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    But the same Aero rules do not account for the packaging inside of the P1 Hybrids(if that was your point) So it works like a P1 cutting through the air, but what is inside is not easily adapted to just ‘adding’ a hybrid system.

  12. Morningview66

    October 27, 2016 at 3:05 am

    I think I kind of knew it when I said about sticking hybrids inside, that it wouldn’t be that simple.

    I’m just thinking if the WEC gets into desperate situation, say the loss of another manufacturer. Using P2 chassis like DPi with hybrid power units to attract manufacturers might not be a bad way out.

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