Catalunya: Zytek Motorsport preview

Zytek Engine Now Most Popular in Its Class The latest specification of the ZG348 makes its European debut No fewer than five of the LMP2 entries for this Sunday's 1,000km of Catalunya will be powered by the latest examples of Zytek's Le ...

Zytek Engine Now Most Popular in Its Class

The latest specification of the ZG348 makes its European debut

No fewer than five of the LMP2 entries for this Sunday's 1,000km of Catalunya will be powered by the latest examples of Zytek's Le Mans winning engine, the ZG348. That is a full third of the class, making it easily the most popular power unit in its field.

The cylinder heads on the 3.4-litre ZG348 have been revised for this year and changes made to the valve train. This has meant an increase in torque and power and reductions in both friction and overall weight. Zytek operations director John Manchester also promises more to come later in the season. First introduced in 2003, the ZG348 quickly proved to be an outright winner scoring wins at Oschersleben, Spa-Franchorchamps, the Nurburgring and Laguna Seca. Competing in the LMP2 class, it took three victories last season including a first and second at the prestigious Le Mans 24-hours.

The Barcelona race, the opening round of this year's Le Mans Series, will be the second for the new specification, which made its debut last month at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The Barazi-Epsilon team that appeared then, using the engine in its Zytek 07S chassis, will be joined in Spain by a further four cars. Included are a second Zytek 07S with which the Trading Performance team will make its debut, as well as two new, factory Embassy WF01 chassis and the striking WR LMP2008 from Welter Racing that will also be competing for the first time.

At Barcelona, Barazi-Epsilon uses its familiar chassis with which it won the LMP2 class at both Silverstone and Interlagos last season. Trading Performance's car is the former factory 07S that proved the class of the LMP2 field at Le Mans, eventually finishing second, and then went on to be one of the eye-openers of the Silverstone and Road Atlanta races.

The Zyteks will be driven by Juan Barazi and Michael Vergers (Barazi-Epsilon) and Karim Ojjeh, Claude-Yves Gosselin and Julien Schroyen (Trading Performance). Warren Hughes, Mario Haberfeld, Jonny Kane and Joey Foster will be at the wheels of the two Embassy WF01s, while Stephane and Philippe Salini and Patrice Roussel will drive the WR.

-credit: zytek.co.uk

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series European Le Mans
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Joey Foster , Michael Vergers , Warren Hughes , Patrice Roussel , Claude-Yves Gosselin , Juan Barazi , Karim Ojjeh , Philippe Salini