Keeping Up With Zytek’s Plans
The last (brief) news we reported here from Zytek Engineering concerned
a test after the Istanbul 1000 Kms – on the Tuesday and Wednesday
of last week (November 15-16).
Director Trevor Foster (with Tom Chilton, right) brings us up to
date on that test and other news.
First of all, chassis plans for 2006.
“We passed the date to commit to a new chassis
for next year some time ago, so we’re working on a hybrid
for 2006. The steering and suspension components for the hybrid
will be used on the 2007 LMP1 car.”
It was reported elsewhere that Zytek had ‘pushed
the button’ to build an all-new LMP1 for next season, but
that is definitely not the case.
What about rumours of the sale of a car (the car)
to an American team?
“Nobody made the commitment to buy the car
for the ALMS.”
At least, post-Istanbul,
the team can push ahead with 2006 plans knowing that they will definitely
include Le Mans: runner-up spot in the LMES teams’ championship,
behind the Pescarolo, ensured that there is definitely a 24 Hours
entry in the bag for the new year.
So what about
the post-Istanbul 1000 Kms test?
“We ran on the Tuesday and Wednesday: on Tuesday
morning, the track was still wet after Monday’s rain. We were
running Dunlop tyres, and that went very well. We used the 3.4 litre
engine all day on Tuesday, then changed it for the four litre on
“We covered 600 kilometres with it on Wednesday,
and it performed very well. The main task was to get plenty of miles
on the development engine. We’ve got some work to do on the
inlet and exhaust systems – but it was three seconds quicker
than the 3.4.”
Hayanari Shimoda was on testing duties on Tuesday
morning, before rushing off to his next A1GP assignment, in Malaysia.
“He had a mild headache at the end of the
morning testing. We’d given him 36 hours rest between Friday’s
running (at the 1000 Kms) and the warm-up on Sunday, but he’d
only done seven timed laps before the race. We had the other drivers
on standby for the last two hours of the race, because we weren’t
sure how Hayanari would cope with it, but he came through it feeling
The really wet weather at the end of the race reduced
the G forces, but the man who’d been in hospital in Australia
only a few days beforehand coped tremendously well with being back
in a race car – and in dreadful conditions too.
We’re still aiming to round up the Istanbul
race on dsc: it was a tough one to really understand, especially
among the prototypes, at the time. That might be next week now though.