• May 12, 2009
After months of delays, Corsa Motorsports is finally ready to hit the track with its new hybrid LMP1 race car. The hybrid race program was originally announced last summer at the Detroit Grand Prix and was set to debut at the Petit Le Mans in October. Unfortunately, development didn't proceed as quickly as hoped with the fall and winter passing by as the car was made ready for competition.

In a test session last week at the Silverstone track in England, the new Q10 successfully passed its final test and will be making its race debut this weekend in Utah at Miller Motorsports Park. The LMP1 race car has a 625 hp 4.5-liter V8 combined with an electric motor and lithium ion battery pack. The hybrid system has been developed by British engineering firm Zytek and the battery is supplied by Continental. During its final test, the car ran a full lap at Silverstone on electric power alone. We'll have more on the new car later this week.

[Source: American Le Mans Series, Corsa Motorsports]


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      Looks like unnecessary weight and complexity to me. I wonder how much better mileage it gets compared to non-hybrid competitors... Also, I'm sure the biggest electric power source will be regen braking, and I wonder how that compares to regular brakes (with regards to stopping power and feel). Eh, new technology is new technology, and even if this doesn't win races, it's still important.