MOWLEM, HYBRID CAR FINISH THIRD AT LIME ROCK PARK LIME ROCK, Conn. (July 18, 2009) -- "It was an historic moment," said racecar driver Johnny Mowlem. "Simply unbelievable that given how new all this technology is, that we ran the whole race...
MOWLEM, HYBRID CAR FINISH THIRD AT LIME ROCK PARK
LIME ROCK, Conn. (July 18, 2009) -- "It was an historic moment," said racecar driver Johnny Mowlem. "Simply unbelievable that given how new all this technology is, that we ran the whole race reliably and with no real issues."
More than historic, it may have been the start of a revolution. Mowlem qualified the car third for the second race in succession and then alongside his star teammate Stefan Johansson, drove the hybrid-powered car to a third place finish in the American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, the classic road American racing venue.
It was the first use of a combination petrol/electric hybrid engine in a racing application among the world's fastest sports cars.
Mowlem's mount, the Corsa Motorsports Ginetta Zytek 09HS, raced against the most powerful sports cars in the world at Lime Rock, the cars in the LMP1 class for racing prototypes. The Corsa car finished five laps ahead of the fourth finisher, proving the new technology was not only race ready but also capable of running very competitively.
"The car raced well," Mowlem said. "We have more development work to do with the hybrid power as well as sorting all the various car handling issues that this technology brings with it, but we know there is tremendous potential from a competitive point of view. Perhaps more importantly, every advancement we make with this racing package will eventually find its way to road vehicles on the public roads, which is a huge part of all this."
Mowlem and co-driver Stefan Johansson completed 177 laps around the tight, mile and a half Lime Rock venue in the Corsa car.
Earlier in the week, the machine was on display in Washington D.C., drawing attention to hybrid racing technology development. This performance in the race will generate still more interest.
Mowlem has raced sports cars all over the world but he called the race at Lime Rock, "One of my most memorable. We used the hybrid motor the entire race, completed the race and finished on the podium. It's nice to have been a part of making a little piece of history! All in all, a good weekend."