ORECA has unveiled its new entry-level prototype, set to debut in 2013, which is expected to be raced in international and national prototype championship series. ORECA outlined the car is “destined as much for competition as for leisure,” and taking on a new challenge, entering a new market alongside its FLM09 chassis raced as the PC class cars in American Le Mans and Formula Le Mans in Europe, and its ORECA 03 P2 chassis, which competes in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series.
The new ORECA prototype will compete in CN sportscars competition, such as the VdeV series, Speed Euro Series, international and national prototype championships, as well as hill climbing events.
“Our design and study department worked on this project, relying on CFD tools (digital wind tunnel testing) and structural calculations at our disposal,” said ORECA's Hughes de Chaunac, president of ORECA. “Innovation is part of our DNA and it was logical for us to go in this direction.
“Our goal is to offer a package that is competitive and attractive, while respecting the spirit of the particular discipline. In addition, we are particularly attentive to the needs of our customer teams, which is why a customer support program will be put in place to accompany them in their adventure.”
De Chaunac continued by explaining the difference between what this chassis hopes to do in comparison to the FLM09 and ORECA 03.
“With the ORECA-FLM09 and the ORECA 03, we already have quality cars which, on one hand, allow teams to reach the highest levels of endurance racing, and on the other, allow teams to aim for victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship. Today, we expand the offering with an entry-level prototype.”
The new ORECA prototype will be available in a limited quantity for the first year. Its definitive characteristics will be unveiled at a later date.