Team manager Bart Hayden confirms the continuing preparation of the R-One LMP1.
After taking their back-to-back Petit Le Mans victory in the final race for the American Le Mans Series, the Rebellion Racing team went back to work on their future LMP1 car for the 2014 World Endurance Championship entry including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Bart Hayden announced their new R-One prototype back in June which includes a partnership with the ORECA Group. They will be one of the new prototypes to take on the powerhouse champion Audi team, plus the Toyota and the new Porsche for overall victories; however they will be classified as an LMP1-L as their prototype does not include any form of a hybrid system.
“We’re hoping that having a conventional style car, i.e.: a non-hybrid, with an engine that’s an evolution of [the 2013] one, hopefully we won’t have too many teething problems,” Hayden told Sportscar365.
Hayden indicated that the development of the R-One is right schedule to have two cars ready for their debut at Silverstone next year. The current plan is to have the first R-One on track testing in March before official WEC test days at Paul Ricard on March 28-29.
“We’ve had quite regular meetings,” Hayden said. “I was over in France [three] weeks ago. We had the drivers involved and took a look at what was happening. Things are progressing.”