PRESS RELEASE 4TH JUNE 2013
CATERHAM INVESTIGATES SPORTS PROTOTYPE PROGRAMME WITH LE
Caterham will compete in its first ever Le Mans 24 Hours later
this month in partnership with Greaves Motorsport, with a view to
investigating the production of a future Sports Prototype customer
The move reflects the expanded Caterham Group's growing status
and ambition on the international stage, as well as the continuing
commercialisation of its engineering and design consultancy arms -
Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) and Caterham
Last November, Caterham Cars announced a 50:50 Joint Venture
partnership with Renault, which will see the British company
develop and build its first mass-market sportscar. Engineering
teams from CTI and Renault are currently developing the design of
the vehicles for both Caterham Cars and Alpine.
Running under the Caterham Motorsport banner at the
90th anniversary Le Mans race this year, a
cross-functional team of Caterham engineers, technicians and data
analysts will be embedded within the successful Greaves Motorsport
team to run the #41 Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the LM P2 category.
With 22 entries, LM P2 is largest class in a very competitive
field and will be Greaves Motorsport's 50th consecutive
ACO-organised race. Caterham's GP2 and Formula 1 reserve driver,
Alexander Rossi, will be joining the experience gold-graded, double
LM P2 class-winner, Tom Kimber-Smith and up-and-coming
silver-graded endurance driver, Eric Lux, in the driving seat.
Caterham's personnel will be led by Caterham Group CTO, Mike
Gascoyne, who said that participation in Le Mans 2013 was the
perfect opportunity for the Group to see first-hand how they could
apply its existing expertise and facilities to a Sports
He said: "Within the Caterham Group we have a great deal of
experienced personnel with a wide range of technical expertise -
from powertrain development to carbon composite design.
"We have the tools, the talent and the heritage to do the job in
a marketplace that is currently light on existing players so it
makes sense for us to go and see first-hand how we might take
advantage of business opportunity that fits with our
Between Caterham Technology and Caterham Composites, Caterham
Group's experienced personnel are specialists in a variety of areas
that would lend themselves to developing a Sports Prototype
programme. These include lightweight structures, carbon composite
design and electronic integration.
The Group's core personnel include members of staff who have
delivered previous LMP programmes and are also working on a current
Sports Prototype project for an external customer. With the ACO's
cost control model for the LMP vehicle market, a Sports Prototype
programme would also fit within Caterham's modus operandi of
affordable, quick-to-market solutions.
Caterham can also apply cutting-edge facilities to any future
motorsport programmes. It has invested in advanced capabilities
such as a dynamic vehicle simulator and seven-post rig at its
Leafield Technical Centre, Oxfordshire and is now making these
facilities available for use by other companies. The Caterham
Technology Centre in Hingham, Norfolk, UK also has a rich Le Mans
heritage. Previously the home of the Bentley Motorsport Team, it
still features the large autoclave that was integral to production
of vehicle that successfully won Le Mans in 2003.
CTI is also now making its engineering facilities available for
the production of carbon fibre components for external
Caterham itself has a rich heritage in motorsport. Its iconic
Seven was originally designed to be a race car for the road and its
'ladder' of highly-competitive one-make race championships is
widely acknowledged as one of the finest in existence.
Meanwhile, the Caterham Academy has created almost 1,000 brand
new racing drivers since its inception in 1995 and the Seven has
become one of the most raced cars in the world.
In 2010, Caterham launched its supercharged, mini Le Mans-style
sports prototype, the SP/300.R and it plans to launch its own
grassroots karting championship in 2014.
The Caterham Motorsport #41 LM P2 car will make its on-track
debut at the official ACO test at Le Mans on June 9th,
followed by the race itself on June 22nd/23rd
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