Oreca in manufacturer talks to make WEC hypercar

Oreca has revealed that it is talking to multiple manufacturers about developing a prototype for the FIA World Endurance Championship's new hypercar category in 2021/22.

Oreca in manufacturer talks to make WEC hypercar

The French constructor's boss Hugues de Chaunac explained that he is already in contact with major car makers as his organisation formulates a plan to enter the new top class of the WEC. 

No indication was given by de Chaunac as to which manufacturers he is talking, while he also ruled out such a project being ready for the first hypercar season in 2020/21.

"There is a clear interest in hypercar from Oreca and we have started to work on a project," he told Motorsport.com. "At the same time we have had some early discussions with OEMs.

"We have proved our level of technology and that our design office and our race team are at a very high level, so we can offer a very strong package to an OEM."

De Chaunac also said that Oreca remains in a dialogue with Rebellion Racing, for which it built the existing R-13 LMP1 contender, about entering the new category. 

"With a quick green light we could be ready for the beginning in 2021/22," he said. "I think it would be possible to have a car running by August 2021."

Read Also:

Rebellion boss Calim Bouhadra has underlined the Swiss entrant's desire to remain in the WEC beyond the end of the last season of the LMP1 formula in 2019/20. 

"The goal is to develop a car for 2021; everything is possible," he said. 

Bouhadra ruled out continuing with R-13 in 2020/21, when existing privateer P1 machinery will be allowed to compete alongside the new hypercars, but suggested the existing chassis could be used to develop a new engine ahead of the introduction of a hypercar for 2021/22.

#1 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13: Nathanael Berthon, Felipe Nasr. Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato

#1 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13: Nathanael Berthon, Felipe Nasr. Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato

Photo by: Eric Fabre / Rebellion Racing

shares
comments
Toyota boss takes aim at Porsche's Nurburgring record

Previous article

Toyota boss takes aim at Porsche's Nurburgring record

Next article

United had 'no chance' in WEC without Oreca switch

United had 'no chance' in WEC without Oreca switch
Load comments
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide Prime

Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Prime

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Prime

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Prime

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and was considered the heavy favourite to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen.

Le Mans
Aug 15, 2021
Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Prime

Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally.

WEC
Aug 14, 2021
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Prime

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year.

WEC
Jul 24, 2021