At at time when some of the factory LMP1 teams are already on-track testing, the ORECA Technology workshop is busy with the construction of the Rebellion R-One. (en Français)
The car, which will compete in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP1-L category, was unveiled virtually last June, but it’s understood the final version will be different than the initial drawings.
The car’s design is on schedule, with FIA crash testing scheduled for next month. This will include its side panels, front and rear crash boxes and headrest, along with the tub, the latter which is expected to be certified in late January.
Other components are still in production, with on-track testing still scheduled to begin in mid-March.
Due to the tight schedule, it’s likely that only one Rebellion R-One Toyota will take part in the official WEC test session on March 28-29 at Paul Ricard.
On the driver front, only Nicolas Prost has been confirmed. But a recent visit to the workshop, where ORECA boss Hugues de Chaunac was present, the names of Nick Heidfeld, Mathias Beche and Andrea Belicchi were circulated.
All three were part of Rebellion’s 2013 lineup and appear to be likely candidates to complete the driver lineup.
So far, Rebellion has been the only announced full-season entrant for the LMP1-L (privateer) class for next year.