Next weekend marks the tenth running of the Petit Le Mans endurance race at Road Atlanta and the debut of the Green Challenge in the American Le Mans Series. The usual suspects like Audi and Peugeot will be on hand with their diesel-powered LMP1 cars. However, Corsa Motorsports will jump into the fray with the first hybrid racer in the ALMS. The team will campaign a Zytek chassis powered by a combination of a Zytek V8, three phase AC induction motor and a lithium ion battery. The new car has been running since July in England and has now been shipped to the U.S. for its race debut. The team is planning to run the full 2009 season with the hybrid as the Green Challenge becomes a permanent fixture. Hybrid technology will also be expanding in motorsports in 2009 with Formula 1 implementing it and possibly Peugeot as well in the European Le Mans Series. Veterans Johnny Mowlem, Gunnar Jeanette and Ralf Kelleners will drive the car at Road Atlanta.

[Source: American Le Mans Series]


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