Chrysler Team ORECA will continue in 2001 with two of the most successful endurance racing drivers of all time, Olivier Beretta and Y annick Dalmas, to drive the new Mopar-powered 6.0-litre V8 prototype at the 69th running of the 24-Hours of Le Mans this year.
Beretta, the reigning American Le Mans Series GTS-class drivers champion, has renewed his contract with ORECA, the team with which he has won four prestigious titles in the last three years on both sides of the Atlantic, at the wheel of a Chrysler Viper GTS R/T.
Dalmas, a four-time winner at Le Mans with Peugeot, McLaren, Porsche and BMW, last year signed a two-year contract with Chrysler Team ORECA at Le Mans.
The team intends to build on the success that it achieved with Chrysler's Viper GTS R/T, the car that has won three consecutive FIA GT championships, three class victories at Le Mans, two American Le Mans Series titles and outright victory at the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona.
The development of the Chrysler LMP is a progression from the high-volume production car GTS class, to the specialised LMP900 prototype division as Chrysler and Team ORECA seeks, for the first time, outright victory at Le Mans against some of the largest and most prestigious manufacturers in the world.
This year's Le Mans prototype has been designed and developed by Chrysler's engineers in Auburn Hills, Detroit, in association with the Signes-based French ORECA Team and with significant input from Italian chassis specialists Dallara. Chrysler's performance parts division, Mopar, has been instrumental in the development of the 6.0-litre V8 engine, utilising design and manufacturing facilities in Detroit.
Last year Chrysler's LMP900 completed nearly 4000kms at Le Mans, a significant achievement on its open-top prototype debut. Chrysler's motor racing programmes form a platform on which to base development for high performance production car parts.