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Rebellion R13 Revealed

Rebellion Racing showcases new Rebellion R13 Gibson LMP1 contender…

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Rebellion Racing has taken the wraps off its new LMP1 contender, the Rebellion R13 Gibson, ahead of the car’s debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season.

The Swiss squad revealed the first computer-rendered images of the ORECA-built prototype Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show, with the build of the first car still ongoing.

It features a design similar to the Oreca 07 LMP2 car, on which the car is based.

Ex-Porsche LMP1 drivers Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer will be joined by Bruno Senna, Mathias Beche, Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent in the two-car operation.

“It’s the first time I saw the car today and it looks quick. I’m really looking forward to driving the car,” Jani said to assembled media in Geneva.

The 2016 LMP1 World Champion returns to Rebellion in a full-season capacity following his four-year stint with the German manufacturer, which also saw the Swiss driver claim overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“The reason why I thought to come back to Rebellion was the package,” Jani said. “I thought with ORECA doing the car, the engine, the experience Rebellion has gained over the last ten years, is enough where I think we can hopefully be in a position to at least fight for the podium and maybe even be in position for a race win.

“That’s clearly a big aim for all of us.”

Beche added: “ORECA is working super hard to produce a great car. I think we have an amazing package. We have to be pleased with it.

“We have to do our best and hopefully have a great result at Le Mans.”

The team expects to take delivery of its first car shortly prior to next month’s Prologue pre-season test at Paul Ricard.

Image: Rebellion

Image: Rebellion

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  1. Tyler Sanders

    March 6, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Very nice looking prototype hopefully we can get more pictures so we can compare the differences between this and the Oreca 07.

  2. Michael Sørensen

    March 6, 2018 at 11:40 am

    The weird ‘hump’ in front of the rear wheels has luckily been corrected.

    • JG

      March 6, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Thank God for that. Those “humps” were hideous.

  3. Parker

    March 6, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Red/Black/White – the official colors of LMP1

  4. Matt

    March 6, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    It’s barely distinguishable from the 07, They Just out some vinyl over the headlights and a minor tweak to tyebrewr pods. At least they aren’t going back to AER…

    • Steven

      March 6, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      So is the Acura DPi, but you have the bandwagoners from IMSA say its 100% different compared to the Spec LMP2.

      Given the short notice Oreca had to work with Rebellion on this project, its not surprising its pretty much a LMP2 update.

      I’m sad that it looks very close to the LMP2 spec Oreaca 07, but given that LMP1 can be modified each year, next year’s car may look a lot different.

      • Matt

        March 7, 2018 at 11:06 pm

        I expect there to be some minor differences come the start of the season but who knows. Maybe they’ll have a different LM kit with the box fenders at least.

  5. Haskellb

    March 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Why in the name of all that is right in the world did they paint a fidget spinner on the front of the car?

    • Tim

      March 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      That “fidget spinner” Is rebellions logo and has been long before those stupid things came out.

  6. Anonymous

    March 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Good to see the car finally break cover, however it’s clear that Oreca where put under pressure when Rebellion announced the program back in December, I suspect that Oreca would have preferred to unveil it at the first WEC test, but we’re time pressured by Rebellion to have it ready for Geneva, which explains why it looks a lot like an 07.

    • Max

      March 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      For what it’s worth, the 05 was just a repackaged LMP2 spec R-One. Since the 07 is based on the 05, things have just gone full circle.

  7. Andrew

    March 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    the 07 is the class of the LMP2 field and probably has quite a bit of hidden potential with more power, tire and aero. Proven package to build off of, with excellent reliability, probably has a pretty good chance at Lemans over it’s more bespoke competition. A boring but calculated approach to entering the LMP1 arena in my opinion.

  8. Michael Sørensen

    March 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    will they be allowed to do the split colours numbers?

    • Parker

      March 6, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      I thought the cars were #1 and #3?

      • KW

        March 8, 2018 at 7:22 am

        They are #1 and #3 on the entry list; Rebellion’s usual number is 13; this is why the car is named R-13 and why the presentation shows #1 and #3 side by side 🙂

  9. AF

    March 6, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    There’s a lot more R18 in this car than just the livery, definitely the most anticipated of the new LMP1 chassis.

    • Barber

      March 6, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Thought i was the only one who noticed that.

  10. daedalus

    March 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    That’s one sexy looking LMP! Hope it goes as well at it looks. I would not be surprised if this car has the highest top speed of all cars at Le mans given how slippery the LMP2 version is.

  11. j_c

    March 6, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    aw, I really liked the Vaillante livery.

    • KW

      March 8, 2018 at 7:24 am

      So did I; I hope they will keep it on their ELMS LMP2 entry.

  12. David Chaste

    March 6, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    For the wheel arches hump the oreca p2 has, those allow the car to have extra downforce on the rear tires in straight line speed and fast sweepers. That alone could be one of the key advantages over dallara and ligier. Super clever design to channel airflow. Dont knock Mr Floury’s genius.

    For the P1 car since they have more design freedom they might achieve the same effect with internal components.

    • JG

      March 7, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Trust me, those humps wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the mandatory wheel arch cutouts. Still the worst idea for reducing blow-over ever conceived. Completely ruined the looks of a whole generation of LMP’s.

  13. Mark Vaughan

    March 6, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Between this beauty and the new Ginetta, somebody had better bring a challenge to Toyota. Looks like these guys stand the best chance.

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