New LMP2 Project
Motorsports Development is a new, North Carolina based company,
which is planning to build and race (in the guise of Panhard Racing)
two LMP2 prototypes later in the 2004 ALMS season.
The third part
of the Panhard Motorsports Group is the Panhard Racing Academy,
which provides training in performance and defensive driving techniques.
The first stage
of the company’s plan will see their C Sports racer –
the Amur C Sport – ready for testing towards the end of February.
This car (impression below) is obviously under construction now.
The test car
will be powered by a dry sump 1600 Honda VTEC engine, with a Hewland
FTR gearbox. The standard chassis consists of a tubular space frame
skinned in carbon fiber. The chassis will be crash tested to meet
FIA standards, with the anticipation of being homologated by both
the FIA and ACO. “The idea here is to provide C sport chassis
that can potentially be upgraded to compete in the LMP 750 class,”
says their statement.
The team hopes
to follow the February test at Roebling Road in Savannah, with a
more public showing of this car at the test days preceding the 12
Hours of Sebring.
is also working on their second project, a full carbon, LMP2 chassis,
which is due to enter the production stage in the first week of
March. “Early goals had the cars being introduced at the 2004
Petit Le Mans and racing in the 2005 season. But in the current
schedule, we could see the cars competing in the ALMS as early as
this summer,” says the statement.
The group has
signed up Niclas Jonsson to lead their Racing Academy and act as
the testing and development driver for the team.