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Caterham eyes prototype market
3 June 2013
Caterham has revealed that it is considering a move into the customer prototype market after officially confirming its tie-up with the Greaves Motorsport team for this season's Le Mans 24 Hours.
The #41 Greaves Zytek Z11SN-Nissan will be entered into the French classic under the Caterham Motorsport banner, with Caterham's GP2 racer and F1 reserve Alexander Rossi having already been named as part of the driver line-up alongside Tom Kimber-Smith and Eric Lux.
The decision to get involved in the Le Mans programme comes on the back of the launch in 2010 of the Caterham SP/300.R; the marque's supercharged, mini Le Mans-style sports prototype.
A crew of Caterham engineers, technicians and data analysts will be embedded with its partner team at Le Mans, as the manufacturer looks into the possibility of making the move into the LMP categories in the coming years.
“Within Caterham Group, we have a great deal of experienced personnel with a wide range of technical expertise – from powertrain development to carbon composite design,” Caterham Technology CEO Mike Gascoyne said.
“While there won't be any specification changes we can apply to the car for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, because the car is homologated for the whole season, we will be looking in more detail at how our various areas of expertise across both Caterham Technology & Innovation and Caterham Composites can be applied to a customer Sports Prototype programme in future.
“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 capabilities.”