• Feb 8th 2011 at 8:26AM
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With the exception of the 2004 season, Spyker has been a permanent fixture at Le Mans and in the larger Le Mans Series since 2002. But this year looks set to be another exception as the Spyker Squadron is apparently opting to sit out the season.

The reason? To develop a new race car. Because the works team reportedly feels it has taken the existing Laviolette GT2-R to the limits of its potential, focus has shifted to turning the new C8 Aileron into a new challenger.

The Aileron is both longer and wider than the model it replaces, giving the Squadron more to work with. The car is being prepared for the GTE category that replaces the GT2 class, with potential for GT1 and GT3 versions to be commissioned by privateer teams for other series.

We'll be anxious to see if reports that the Aileron is switching to Corvette ZR1 power will translate to the race track as well when the Aileron GT set to hit the grid in 2012.

[Source: Planetlemans]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't race with zr1 motor, can they?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Elmo, Even if that can't buy the engine the factory uses, nothing would be stopping them from having a Chevy race engine built by anyone else. That's if they are switching over to Chevy power.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No. They'd have to detune the hell out of it. Also, regulations prohibit forced induction, hence why Porsche uses an NA 4.0L F6. They might have to resource another manufacturer for the engine, because I don't think Corvette Racing/Pratt & Miller is going to outsource the 5.5L LS7 found in the C6.R GT2.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Regulations in the GT categories prohibit forced induction. That being said, Corvette did have a customer program with the old C6.R, though so far none with the GT2 spec car. There's no reason they can't have a customer engine program, though. It seems like a good opportunity for Corvette to spread development costs and increase awareness. (Not that Corvette really needs any introduction in the world of endurance racing)
      • 4 Years Ago
      His Saab business is loosing millions each month, his Spyker business never made a profit, yet he is planning a new LeMans racing effort? Guess its nice to have a Russian investor, European Investment Bank Loans and Swedish Govt. guarantees. Wow talk about salesmanship!
        Doc Raver
        • 4 Years Ago
        spyker rulez man shut up !!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Priorities that would make Enzo and Victor Mullen best friends!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "focus has shifted to turning the new C8 Aileron into a new challenger."

      Like on Super Smash Bros, no?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Meaning we are running out of money and tossing everything we got into a new car.
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