Rebellion Racing has announced that it only will compete with an LMP1
in the remainder of 2016 with the aim of preparing for their participation in the
next season of the WEC with a new LMP1-L adapted to the technical regulations
prepared by the ACO and the FIA. The team wanted to remark on this aspect
this is not an abandonment nor a step backwards, but the direct consequence
the bet to continue in the Endurance World in 2017. With a single R-One
AER on track now starts testing trans-oceanic, the team hopes to
complete a remarkable saving of costs.
In this way, only the Rebellion R-One AER #13 will be in
track in Mexico, the united States, Japan, China and Bahrain, despite the fact that in the
provisional list of entries of the 6 Hours of Mexico still contained the
two LMP1. While Dominik Kraihamer, Mathéo Tuscher and Alexandre Imperatori
will be able to continue fighting in the five tests remaining, Nick Heidfeld, Nico
Prost and Mathias Beche see it as their season ends before time. Even so,
the team has decided to withdraw the car more prominent in the classification of
LMP1 private, thus keeping alive the fight against ByKolles.
With limited resources, the team has wanted to focus
their efforts in develop the changes of weight, aerodynamic and engine
will suffer the LMP1-L of face-to-2017. So he recognized the Director of the Team,
Bart Hayden: “The level of competition in LMP1 is becoming more and more high, so
that to improve our own performance, we need to invest much more
time and resources to the updates of the Rebellion R-One for 2017. We are a private team with limited resources and it is for this reason that we will compete
with a car instead of two in the remaining events in the WEC. That we
will allow you to upgrade cars for 2017“.