And today the first LMP2 coupé made by ORECA was revealed, after various and various months with simply some CFD images revealed to the public. The ORECA 05 is expected to be the replacement of the 03 model that is still in activity since 2011.
The first customers that will race the new French machine will be Thiriet by TDS Racing and KCMG, in the European Le Mans Series and in the FIA World Endurance Championship respectively, probably with the V8 Nissan VK45DE engine that has powered both teams until now. The guys at KCMG didn't lost time and already revealed their livery for the coming season, and they always succeed in showing good liveries to the fans.
Future clients are in prospect, as the extension of new car racing activities is expected until the end of the year, especially in the TUDOR United Sportscar Chmapionship, as ORECA recently established an American base.
In terms of design, the ORECA 05 shares a lot of details with the Rebellion R-One, the LMP1 model developed by ORECA and Rebellion Racing. The front section and the cockpit area both carry a lot of similiarities. It’s worth notice that there’s some resemblance of the ORECA 03 in certain areas, like in the sidepods, in example, where it seems to be left “almost untouched” comparing with the open-top relative of the 05.
Everybody will be able to see the ORECA 05 hit the road in the ELMS official tests to occur next month at Paul Ricard.
PHOTOS: ORECA, KCMG