Strakka Racing’s new Strakka-Dome S103 Nissan will not make its debut until the FIA World Endurance Championship season-ending Six Hours of Sao Paulo in late November, it has been revealed.
The British squad confirmed Friday a further delay in the new LMP2 car, which missed the opening three rounds of the championship, while a pre-Le Mans testing accident at Spa ruled the cost-capped prototype out of the 24-hour race.
It’s understood the Japanese prototype has been forced to undergo an extensive redesign of the rear-end, which has resulted in the latest setback for the program.
“After analyzing the car post Spa, Dome wanted to make some revisions to the rear geometry to enable us to have the range of set up options we needed,” said team principal Dan Walmsley.
“To accommodate the revised suspension pick up points the gearbox casing and bell housing had to be redesigned and then retooled.
“This program was always very tight and with a need to go and test these and other changes we are making, Brazil is the best option for a race debut.”
The team was slated to contest the entire eight-round championship but will now focus towards developing the car for the long-term.
“As a race team, to be on the side lines for so long is actually really hard and we know it has been frustrating for our partners, the championship and our loyal supporters having the car spending more time in the workshop than on track,” Walmsley said.
“We are sorry to to only be out in one round but as a professional race team and a development partner for this car, Strakka will only ever race the car when it is proven and a competitive package.”