Factory Zytek Plans For Le Mans
Zytek’s Operations Director Trevor Foster has some very interesting
Le Mans news this morning, and also confirms a brief item in Autosport
today – that the chassis we’ve always referred to as
the ‘factory car’ (the Spa and Nurburgring 1000 Kms
and Laguna Seca winner last year) has been sold to Japan, where
it will race in the Japan Le Mans Challenge, in the care of Nova
It’s just been completely rebuilt, and will
be shaken down at Snetterton on Monday, by Sam Hignett, prior to
its despatch to Japan.
So what are
Zytek’s precise Le Mans plans for this year – having
just accepted a guaranteed entry for the 24 Hours?
“We’re building two new chassis for
this year, which we’re developing as hybrids, and we’ve
submitted a second application to race at Le Mans,” explains
Trevor Foster. “We came to the conclusion that we needed to
run two cars for a decent attack on the race.”
Zytek ran one
car at Le Mans in 2004, and unexpectedly didn’t receive an
entry in 2005.
The 2006 hybrid(s)
will be followed by a new (LMP1) tub for 2007, which will use the
hybrid components of the 2006 cars, to make a full LMP1 design.
“We’re effectively building an LMP1
in two stages,” adds Trevor Foster.
No driver or sponsorship plans have been firmed
up yet for the 2006 Le Mans effort – but it’s apparent
that here is a company that is prepared to take up the challenge
of racing against the Audi R10s, and is keen to do so with a two
In other Zytek news, the Binnie Motorsports Lola
B05/40 will also be shaken down at Snetterton on Monday, this car
having just had its Zytek engine istalled, replacing the NME unit
used in 2005.
More Zytek news
to come later today (here).
Here's Tom Chilton
leading the field in the factory 04S, four hours before the conclusion
of that epic race at Laguna Seca last year.