Juno – Small Prototypes Become Bigger Ones
We’ve had quite an influx of ‘small prototype’
news here recently (CvO, Norma, Bicknell – even the club version
of the planned-for-ALMS Shaw chassis), and small prototypes have
a habit of growing into bigger ones.
Ltd has already seen its 3.0 litre, Mountune-prepared, Jaguar engined,
SSV6 take to the tracks successfully, with two Britsports victories
under its belt (and two pole positions), from three starts. The
SSV6 is based on the SS2, and was built for Adrian Holey, who shares
the driving with Greek racer Andreas Halkipoulos.
This pair is
now planning to take the car (above) to Vallelunga in November,
for the 6 Hours.
The next two chassis
will be fitted with a 270 bhp, Mountune-prepared, Ford 2.0 litre
Duratec unit and a 400bhp version of the Jaguar engine. The Duratec-engined
car will compete in the French VdeV series, while the 400 bhp chassis
is intended for Britsports.
There will also
be new bodywork for 2005, designed by Joel Alison, which will feature
reduced frontal area and improved downforce. Customers will have
the option of GRP or advanced composite materials for the new shape,
which is expected to be unveiled at the 2005 Autosport Show.
So is there any prospect
of Juno expanding into ACO-rules racing?
”We are very keen
to go down the LMP2 route,” says Juno’s Ewan Baldry.
“We are talking to a few people at the moment ….. but
we are not really in a position to
build a car of that value speculatively.”
the new bodywork has been designed with guidance from the designer
of the bodywork for the Le Mans-winning BMW LMR, Jason Sommerville.
heart is with sportscars and he has been very helpful in offering
advice for our new design,” comments Ewen Baldry.
in Draycott will produce the pattern work for the new body design.
This is the
facility where the Silk Cut Le Mans Jaguars were produced.
In other Juno
news, David Jones, chairman of the high street clothing retailer
Next, has taken a significant shareholding in the manufacturer.
Jones’ investment has allowed the concern to plan a production
run of the current sports prototype chassis.