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Rebellion to run new ORECA-built machine
8 June 2013
Rebellion Racing has announced that it will field its own car when new regulations are introduced into the World Endurance Championship next year.
The team, which currently runs a Lola B12/60-Toyota in the series, will work with French manufacturer ORECA on the new project, with the company headed by Hugues de Chaunac taking on the design and build on the car – which will be known as the Rebellion R-One.
Power for the car will still come from a Toyota engine, with the team hopeful of being table to challenge the manufacturer teams from Audi, Toyota and Porsche when the new rules are introduced.
“The new 2014 regulations give the privateer LMP1 teams a real opportunity to aim for outright victory,” Rebellion boss Bart Hayden said. “At Rebellion Racing we're very motivated by the perspective of these wins. We want to build on our recent success and reach an even-higher level.
“We've chosen ORECA to develop and build the Rebellion R-One as they have achieved convincing results, and have already produced several successful prototypes.”
ORECA boss Hugues de Chaunac meanwhile was pleased to see his company chosen to take on the development of the new machine.
“The whole ORECA company is delighted about this partnership with Rebellion Racing,” he said. “The team has proved its competence in LM P1, and is full of ambition. In parallel with our partnership with Toyota Motorsport GmbH in their Le Mans programme, this project to design the new Rebellion is fully in keeping with the development of our activity as a racing car constructor, and we're very motivated by the idea of doing it with a professional outfit. We share this taste for what looks like an exciting challenge.”
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