In the second week of June 2015, the ACO revealed the teams that would occupy the garage 56 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 and 2017. This garage is reserved for pioneering initiatives or away from the normative that regulates the categories present in the WEC it will be used in 2016 a LMP2 adapted to the pilot disabled Frédéric Sausset, this prototype is competing in the ELMS and are ready to compete in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans. More questions left until now the prototype of Welter Racing, powered by biomethane liquid, which will occupy the Box 56 in 2017.
In fact, after the presentation of the first render of the prototype, the project of the legendary manufacturer gaul passed to a second plane. It has not been until just this week when we were able to verify that Welter Racing has taken significant steps in its evolution. So much so that we can say that the prototype is not only live, but there is a defined plan for the WR-Bio-Methane comes with assurances to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017. The goal is to be able to compete in the era of the new LMP2 and in fact it has been designed under the regulations of the category to 2017.
In any case, WR Bio-Methane has been found in the wind tunnel, in the early aerodynamic testing of the prototype, which among other things has modified their pontoons or your nose. The goal at this point is that the car can take his first laps in a circuit past the summer, that has also opted to change the propeller. The WR Bio-Methane will equip engine 1.6-litre turbo three-cylinder of about 480 horsepower in place of the engine is 1.2 that was initially planned. Will be accompanied by a large deposit for the biomethane.
The main stumbling block for the project of Welter Racing is the budget, although for the moment, the team is confident of being able to take the necessary steps to land in the garage 56 of Le Mans. In fact, during an interview in Endurance-Info’, the Engineer of the Team Thibaut Dejardin has confirmed that the drop in the price of oil is negatively affecting the project, but that they hope to have the car on the track in September. Even dare to speak of Trsitan Gommendy as a possible test pilot. The test will begin in Lurcy-Lévis Circuit, and then will travel to Portimao and Spain.