After tests realized in Sebring this month, Extreme Speed Motorsports decided to not race with the pair of new HPD ARX-04b models they have in their hands.
The decision was made in conjunction with Honda Performance Development after the car presented some issues related to its homologation, as well not presenting the desired results to the team present in the airfield circuit, in a similar way to what happened with Strakka Racing and its Dome S103, which parked the team for the whole 2014 season.
In fact, with the homologation of new models for the 2015 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship needing to be done one month ahead of the first race, and to not rush things for HPD and to not let Tequila Patrón ESM parked for the whole year, the ARX-04bs will return to HPD for further development, ahead of the 2016 season, when it’s expected that the model should be available for customers.
In the meantime, Tequila Patrón ESM will race with the open-top pair of ARX-03b models they already have as a temporary solution, as the 12 Hours of Sebring will be in a short amount of days.
The ARX-03b will used too in the FIA WEC Prologue, as well in the 6 Hours of Silverstone, and from the 6 Hours of Spa to the rest of the championship it’s expected that ESM will campaign a pair of Honda powered Ligier JS P2 models, due to ESM’s relationship with the Japanese manufacturer.
The ARX-03b gave ESM their sole victory in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship last year, at Laguna Seca, as well two podiums in FIA WEC, at Austin and at Shanghai.