Coupe – For 2007
The ACO’s proposed coupe idea for 2010 hasn’t deterred
at two least two companies from revealing closed LMP1 designs for
the intervening period.
was quick to reveal its B10/10 last week, and now Kieron Salter
and Will Phillips at KWM have released these images – in effect
a coupe version of the current Creation hybrid, the CA06.
Creation’s Ian Bickerton was clutching a copy
of this design at Le Mans, and a quick editorial glance then suggested
a fabulous looking machine – which indeed it is. For some
reason the ACO feels the need to specify simpler looking cars for
2010, with a more slab-sided look.
are investigating in parallel an open top and coupe version of the
existing Creation CA06,” says KWM MD Kieron Salter. “Whatever
we do we will require a new monocoque for next year: we feel confident
that a coupe version would be an appropriate route to go for the
works effort with Creation while an open top version for LMP2 would
be ideal for customers.
"This is a KWM design for Creation and although
Creation would be the works entrant and the primary development
partner, there is always an interest in building further cars for
explains the logic behind racing a closed car for the next three
years: "The development of a coupe for next year or even 2008
would give us a strong technical basis for the recently announced
ACO 2010 LMP prototype regulations and make the transition into
2010 easier. With confidence in the existing package, however, we're
not waiting for 2010, we are looking forward into next year."