Caterham To Make Le Mans Debut | Edmunds

Caterham To Make Le Mans Debut

Just the Facts:
  • Caterham has confirmed an entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race.
  • A Zytek-Nissan LMP2 will compete under the Caterham Motorsport banner.
  • Caterham will team with Greaves Motorsport to field the Le Mans entry.

DARTFORD, England — British automaker and racing participant Caterham will make its first entry in the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race June 22-23.

The company produces a limited series of automobiles whose origins lie in the creations of Colin Chapman of Lotus fame. In motorsport, the name is present in Formula 1 with the Caterham F1 team and in the undercard series GP2, where it competes as Caterham Racing.

The Le Mans entry, a Zytek Z11SN-Nissan, is entered under the Caterham Motorsport banner. The No. 41 will be fielded by Greaves Motorsport in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) category with drivers Alexander Rossi, Tom Kimber-Smith and Eric Lux.

Rossi is the reserve driver for the F1 team and a GP2 regular.

The company continues to pursue a higher international profile both in niche sports cars and racing. The Le Mans entry is a follow-up to the 2010 launch of the SP/300.R, a Le Mans prototype-style track machine with chassis by Lola.

Greaves, which will field a second Zytek-Nissan entry in the LMP2 class, will have a complement of engineers and technicians headed by Mike Gascoyne, a veteran F1 designer who is now chief technical officer of the Caterham Group and CEO of Caterham Technology and Caterham Composites.

"While there won't be any specification changes we can apply to the car for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, because the car is homologated for the whole season, we will be looking in more detail at how our various areas of expertise across both Caterham Technology & Innovation and Caterham Composites can be applied to a customer sports prototype program in the future," Gascoyne said.

Rossi, a 21-year-old from Auburn, California, will report for Le Mans duty following this weekend's visit by the F1 tour to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.

"I'm excited about the challenge ahead and honored with the opportunity to represent Caterham and the U.S. at one of the most prestigious motorsport events of the year," he said.

Edmunds says: Caterham joins its developmental partner Renault Alpine, which announced its return to Le Mans earlier this year, in the field of 56 teams for this year's 81st edition of the famous race.

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