Russia constructor BR Engineering and Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara have joined forces for a new LMP1 category, which will be run by SMP Racing in the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Russian constructor, led by CEO Boris Rotenberg, has inked a deal with the Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara for joint development of the BR1 prototype in 2017, which will be run in the 2018 World Endurance Championship by the Russian SMP Racing. The new BR1 prototype will represent the next stage in BR Engineering strategy, which aims to boost the global standing of the Russian motorsport technology in the global playing field.
The two will collaborate on the development of a new chassis which will be designed in accordance with the FIA regulations for LMP1 prototypes.
BR Engineering is no stranger when it comes to race car development. The Russian constructor has built its own BR01 LMP2 car and finished third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year.
The BR Engineering firm decision to start working on the development of a new prototype has been influenced by the massive changes done in the LMP2 category. The new rule stated that the BR1 will no longer eligible to race in 2017 and beyond. This rule change has prompted BR Engineering to try its luck in the sportscar racing with two main options, which include entering LMP1 as a constructor or to conform to the new LMP2 system as a customer.
Founded in 1972, Dallara is an Italian chassis manufacturer and provider for various racing series, which include the IndyCar series, Indy Lights, ELMS, World Series by Renault, FIA WEC, GP2 series, GP3 series, Super Formula, Formula 3.5 V8, F3 and Formula E, and ADAC Formel Masters.
Dallara is also one of the manufacturers in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. In addition, the Italian manufacturer has also been named as of the four constructors for the new LMP2 and DPi class, which will be launched next year.
Image Credit: Dallara/Wikipedia.org