Riley Technologies Looks to Build LeMans Prototype Indianapolis, Indiana (March 15, 2005)...The reputable American race car builder, Riley Technologies, has set its sights on building LeMans Prototypes for the P1 and P2 classes. Bob Riley, who...
Riley Technologies Looks to Build LeMans Prototype
Indianapolis, Indiana (March 15, 2005)...The reputable American race car builder, Riley Technologies, has set its sights on building LeMans Prototypes for the P1 and P2 classes.
Bob Riley, who has been building race cars for over five decades, and his son, Bill Riley, who currently oversees the successful Grand American Riley chassis program, believe it is time for a quality American-made LeMans chassis effort.
"We have designed and built winning cars in the past, including the successful Riley Mk.III from the former IMSA race days and the current Mk.XI, which is experiencing huge success in Grand Am competition for the past two years," said the younger Riley. "Additionally, the new LeMans rules will be to our advantage because of the specified undertray and our history of optimizing new rules packages. We have proven numerous times that we can build a winning chassis. Now we want to do it with prototypes at LeMans."
"We currently have two parallel programs -- one for an open cockpit car, and one for a closed cockpit," said Bob Riley, who has numerous wins in all arenas of motorsports. "The closed design features less drag, while the open car has a lower CG (center of gravity) and more ballast to shift, as required."
Features of the currently named Riley Mk.XII chassis include a carbon fiber tub, power steering and paddle shifting. The body is developed using CFD, full-scale wind tunnel and coast down testing.
Customer support will include an expanded parts department, similar to the service currently being provided in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the United States.
Riley Technologies already has a reputation for building winning cars at a reasonable cost. As interest in the program gears up, this will be a strong factor that car owners and engineers see as a viable strength. Riley Technologies is likely the only leading race car manufacturer in America to take on a program of this scope at this time.