From wreck to racing car Most of all it looked like at racing car that had had a close encounter with a scrap press and only waited for the final squeeze to end its days. Team owner Hans Hartmann wasn't optimistic either, when he saw the car ...
From wreck to racing car
Most of all it looked like at racing car that had had a close encounter with a scrap press and only waited for the final squeeze to end its days. Team owner Hans Hartmann wasn't optimistic either, when he saw the car after James Thompson had had a violent meeting with two emergency vehicles at Ring Djursland.
"I did feel convinced that the car had had driven its last metres as a racing car," he admits today.
"It had been a really big bang. Afterwards the data logging equipment told us that the car had reached a speed of 154 km/h when it hit the two stationary vehicles. But the car's power box, which we have developed and which has been used by Porsche in their LMP2 car, soon realized that it was unusual for a racing car to go that much sideways over such a long distance, so it automatically cut off the fuel supply to the engine and all the electrics and thus prevented even bigger damage."
But the damages to the white Honda Accord that last year helped James Thompson and Hartmann Honda Racing to the win in the FIA European Touring Car Cup were substantial. But over the last two months it has been transformed from a wreck to a racing car.
"We started tearing the car to pieces on August 18th, and with the exception of the first September weekend where James won the Danish Grand Prix meeting in our second car, we have been working flat out to rebuild it," Hans Hartmann explains.
"In total we have used 600 hours, either by ourselves in our workshop or at our suppliers. On top of that we have used a lot of spare parts!"
Now the car is ready for its next challenge, the third and final round of FIA's European Touring Car Cup that will be run on October 16th-17th at Franciacorta in Italy. At that circuit James Thompson will not only defend last year's title, but only his current championship lead.