Binnie Switches To A Zytek V8
After a year of struggling with the Nicholson McLaren V8, Bill Binnie
and his Binnie Motorsports have taken the decision to switch to
a Zytek engine in the team’s Lola B05/40.
“We are delighted to be working with Zytek
and are extremely optimistic about the speed and capabilities of
this newly re-engined race car,” says the team owner.
“Our 2006 schedule includes the Sebring 12
Hours and the Le Mans Series 1000km races, (and) our 2006 season’s
ambition is the 24 Heures du Mans.”
team’s Lola was the first example of the new design to appear
in 2005 (seen at Huntingdon last February, right), and made its
race debut at Sebring – but a brief race there, and the lack
of an invitation to Le Mans, were just the start of the team’s
frustrations in 2005.
away with their 2005 engine throughout the season, but the V8 was
usually the cause of the car’s retirement in the LMES events
– although the Lola did show good pace at times, notably in
Sam Hancock’s hands at the Nurburgring (below). The team opted
to miss the last race at Istanbul.
Binnie (in WR overalls at Le Mans last year, left) makes the point
that “we are a fully committed and funded race team and it
is our intention to compete in both Europe and the United States
extremely disappointed with 2005 when we experienced multiple engine
failures during the season resulting in a very frustrating year,
but we are upbeat about the new Zytek engine and our prospects.
We showed excellent pace in 2005 and think that this new engine
change and the support of Zytek will be extremely helpful; we are
very optimistic about 2006.”
Binnie Motorsports is planning an extensive testing
programme before their 2006 season begins at Sebring.
the engine choice for 2005 was made with the intention of putting
out a car that had reliability at the top of its list of attributes,
Bill Binnie being a fervent believer in finishing races as a first
priority. He, Clint Field and Rick Sutherland had shown how effective
such a plan could be at Le Mans in 2004, when they won the LMP2
Class in the Intersport Lola B2K/40. This was the scene at Silverstone
The Binnie Lola
will be the first example of a Zytek V8 being fitted in a non-Zytek
sportscar chassis. Lola has ample experience in fitting Zytek V8s
into their single seater (A1GP) chassis, of course.