Recycle and re-use

The world itself is trying to change from a waste and discard behavior to a recycling and reusing policy. This is being applied to every area as possible, and motorsports isn't exception. Especially with teams running at cost-capped budgets during the year, alternatives come on the way, such as updating running cars to rule changes, or even bring back to life cars that were retired, adjusting them to the present time rules.

As everyone knows, doing anything from scratch costs much more than adapting and reusing an existing thing. Motorsport teams and manufacturers are more than aware about this, and when the machinery and budget gives them the chance, they find a way to give some extra track time to their models.

I will specially talk about two projects that may bring back to track two cars that we saw some years ago: the Pilbeam MP100, made on the base of the MP93 that ran in the middle 2000's, and the Tiga LM214, that uses the concept of the Embassy WF01, used in almost same time from the MP93.

The newest attempt of a LMP-runner by Mike Pilbeam's company took the concept of its predecessor MP93, but with noticeable aerodynamic changes to adapt the car to the existing LMP2 rules. There's so many changes that as its renderings show, the MP100 faintly ressembles the MP93.

With the project on development, the expectations are that the model would run some races in this season, with the main focus being an attack in the Le Mans 24 Hours. As nothing is totally settled, the only interested team is South African-based Ecurie Zoo, which intends to use the model in the African 6 Hours in Phakisa. Further plans will be decided after that.

Other project that may be on track for the years to come is the Mike Newton-backed Tiga LM214, which combines the Tiga badge, recently acquired by Newton, and the base of the Embassy WF01, which ran between 2007 and 2008, when the Embassy company closed thier doors and the car was retired.

Several changes in the aerodynamic and mechanical parts were made to comply with the actual rules, but visually the model really ressembles its predecessor.

Also, they signed an engine partnership with Judd, which will provide propulsion to the LM214 although no specific configuration was revealed.

The concept of 'recycling' cars isn't that new, so let's see if these evolved cars can set pace with the ones that are on the road now.

Photos: Racecar Engineering.