Binnie Lola-Zytek Shakedown
As announced here last week, Sam Hancock shook down the Binnie Motorsports
Lola B05/40 at Snetterton yesterday (January 23), the car now fitted
with a Zytek V8.
late because of all things our water heater to pre-heat the engine
packed up, and kept blowing the trips in the garage and turning
all the power off,” reports Team Manager Derek Kemp. “It
took ages getting the water temperature up to the required 50 degrees
before we could fire the engine. We had propane heaters and hot
air guns all over the place trying to warm it up.”
as cold yesterday as you’d expect, in January.
we did finally did get going we didn't manage many laps due to a
couple of technical problems, so all being well we are returning
to Snetterton on Friday, which is the next time the circuit is available
Hancock did experience the car-engine combination working properly
for a few laps, and reported that "it’s awesome."
He raced the
Binnie Lola (with its NME engine) in the LMES last year, and the
Jota Zytek LMP1 car at Istanbul last November (and the Intersport
Lola AER at Le Mans), so he's well-qualified to judge these modern
part of something very special whenever you drive one of these cars,"
said a very happy Sam Hanock, the morning after the test. "We
had small, niggly problems yesterday, but only what you'd expect
first time out with a new installation.
"When it ran as it should do, I was over the
moon with the performance of the engine, and I can't wait for Bill
(Binnie) to drive it. The Zytek engine delivers a lot of power,
in a very linear way. Bill is going to feel as though he's stepped
up a class."
In a way though, even Hancock has stepped 'up' a
class - because, as he explains, "the LMP2 version has got
more power than the LMP1 Zytek had last year, because of the different
restrictors. It feels like a gust of wind behind you: it's definitely
enough to feel it."
Sam Hancock will be back in the Binnie Lola Zytek
on Friday. He hasn't confirmed his plans for 2006, but as long as
he's in a prototype, he's going to be a happy man.