Posted May 29th 2013 2:04AM
The Perrinn LMP1 is an all-new concept designed by Frenchman Nicolas Perrin.
Perrinn Limited, a new British motorsport engineering consultancy has also signaled intentions of jumping into the market with design of a LMP1 prototype to the new-for-2014 rulebook with which it aims to enter the Le Mans customer market.
Perrinn Limited has started building a new LMP1 car and is currently waiting for the first customer to sign up for the project. However, Perrinn Limited is confident that it can have a car and walked just four months after the first customer places an order.
The project is led by former Williams F1 engineer and an aerodynamicist at Nicolas Perrin, who is the mastermind the Pescarolo 03, which began life as the Aston Martin AMR-One. Only competed in a single race, last year’s 24 hours of Le Mans, Pescarolo before it closed its doors due to lack of funding.
Nicolas Perrin, whose company reworked an Aston Martin AMR-One into last year’s Judd-powered Pescarolo 03, said: “The car design is finished and ready to be build. We believe we are quite well advanced compared with the other [customer LMP1] projects out there.”
“The market is small, but we believe there is a market. We think we will find a buyer; All the suppliers have been lined up and we know who is going to build what. The building blocks are already in place.”
The car, known at the moment simply as the Perrinn LMP1, has been designed to accept a variety of engines, as well as one of the off-the-shelf hybrid systems currently available.
“We are trying to be ready for any engine, which will be the customer’s choice,” said Perrin. whose company is based near Skipton in Yorkshire. “The chassis is also ready for a hybrid system. We have looked at what is out there and have a preferred system.”
Perrin described his LMP1 coupe as a “conventional car“.
“We haven’t tried to reinvent the wheel,” he said, “but we have tried to push certain parameters to the limit, hopefully the ones that will make a difference.”
The cost will be £1 million for the first chassis delivered to a customer, although subsequent cars delivered to the same buyer would be cheaper.