ORECA, the 2011 Twelve Hours of Sebring winning team, will contest the new World Endurance Championship (WEC) challenge with the Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG). The LMP1 chassis has already been announced by TMG and was designed and developed at their technical centre in Cologne, Germany.
Today’s news now links OREAC with Toyota as the French team has the needed experience in the modern era of sportscar racing due to the fact the independent team has been one of the top LM P1 rivals to the two powerhouse factory supported Audi and Peugeot teams.
ORECA’s competence and track record are well known...
Hugues de Chaunac, President of Groupe ORECA was pleased to announce this new partnership and said, “It’s a very big day for ORECA. To be chosen by Toyota Motorsport GmbH is a huge reward for the work we’ve done in recent years. ORECA has proven its worth at the highest level of endurance racing, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011 and finishing three straight times in the top 5 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
Both TMG and ORECA have been winners and podium finishers over time in endurance competition. They each understand the continue development of any new project. The new challenge they will take was announced at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans by the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) created a new partnership to form the WEC based on the ACO’s Intercontinental Cup (ILMC) ran for the first time in 2010.
Director Business Operations, Toyota Motorsport GmbH, Rob Leupen commented, “This is clearly good news for TMG. ORECA’s competence and track record are well known, which is why we were very keen to develop a relationship with them. They will enhance our track operations team as we make progress in the world of endurance racing.”
The new prototype will have a petrol engine which will include hybrid technology from Toyota Motor Corporation. ORECA will support the operations at the track and in the father development which will start at a later date.
“Thanks to its know-how, ORECA now has the opportunity to work with the biggest automobile manufacturer, and on a project that’s particularly interesting. We are proud to support Toyota Motorsport GmbH in this challenge and we’re looking forward to an exciting future,” added de Chaunac.
The season finale for the 2012 ILMC will take place on the Zhuhai International Circuit in China the weekend of November 13th.