Open-source software isn't a new thing, even in the world of racing. Just take a look at the gorgeous Project Cars video game to see what we mean. What is, unusual, though, is an open-source car. And we aren't just talking about any car - we're talking about an open-source Le Mans prototype. Oh yes.
The brainchild of the UK's Nicolas Perrin, the open-source project, called Perrin MyTeam, allows just about anyone to contribute to an attempt to bring a hybrid-powered Le Mans prototype to the 24-hour race in 2015. Participants will have access to everything from CAD information on the car Perrin - an engineer and designer who previously worked in Formula One and sports car racing - designed to budgets, drawings, liveries and even team outfits. According to Perrin, there will be so much data available on the car itself that those with the means would actually be able to produce a miniature 3D print.
"From my extensive time in F1 and even when I was designing sports cars for others, I saw how secretive motorsport really is, preventing fans, enthusiastic students and engineers from getting involved and learning," Perrin said in a statement. "It doesn't have to be like that. We can create a true 'people's team' and by opening everything up, we aim to not only build up a fan base that gets involved to improve the car but also attract backers who share our values."
We'll admit, it's all a very, very intriguing idea. Whether it will ultimately be successful, though, is tougher to figure out. Take a look below for the official press release from Perrin MyTeam, and if you're interested in contributing your time and experience, head over to the team's website.