Racing News From The Geneva Motor Show
Claude Yvens has been at the Geneva Motor Show, and forwards
these details of racing projects that came to light.
The little Spanish manufacturer will compete in the Spanish GT Championship
through Elit Motorsport, but might also run one or two races in
the Belcar championship, where it would be allowed without a weight
penalty. Races at Spa are out of the question, the Mountune-prepared
2 litre engine providing about 280 bhp at the moment. Zolder is
definitely the preferred venue, and the Zolder 24 Hours is the target,
budget permitting. Two cars would be entered under the Elit banner,
with two young Spaniards in one car and Eric Silva (the man behind
Elit, known from Radicals) and ... perhaps Eric van de Poele in
the other? The latter may be wishful thinking, but who knows?
the Swedes presented a new version of their CC sportscar. The red
'R' on the CCR logo does not officially refer to 'Racing', but racing
is still a prospect for this car. The CCR should get its own homologation,
though. Its engine now produces more than 800 bhp. Koenigsegg itself
won't race the car, but is willing to assist any top team. Two of
these 'top teams' are rumoured to having tested the car, with a
full FIA GT 2005 season in mind.
The actual name of the new Italian supercar is MC 12 (not MCS and
MCC). Two cars are on display at Geneva - one race version and one
roadgoing car, both with very different rear wings. Somewhat confusing
was the fact that the track version looked less like a racing car
than the roadgoing version, which featured a superb two colour (blue-and-white)
paint scheme, complete with an Italian flag behind the two tone
wheel arches! The MC12's racing debut is still planned for the second
half of the FIA GT season.
nothing new under the spotlights. A 2003 Alex Job Racing GT3 RS
is on display though.
No sign of a Cupra GT.
No Spykers at LM this year, but we knew that already. The main reason
is the homologation issue, but also the fact that Spyker is concentrating
its efforts on its future listing on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange
before the summer. But a year off as a factory team in 2004 (the
French GT championship and the Spa 24 are still an option, but only
through a privateer) may well mean a strong comeback next year.
CEO Victor Muller indicated that Spyker is considering alternatives
for 2005, including a possible GTP prototype for Le Mans.