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The first Russian racing prototype BR1 class LMP1 presented in Bahrain

19.11.2017 145 просмотров

The first Russian BR1 prototype of the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Auto Racing Championship (WEC) is officially presented on Friday in Bahrain as part of the final stage of the WEC this season. This is reported by a TASS correspondent from the scene.


The car was created by the Russian company BR Engineering together with the Italian automaker Dallara to participate in the new WEC super season, which starts in May 2018 and ends in June 2019. The BR1 cover was removed by Russian pilots of the SMP Racing program Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin, Mikhail Aleshin, Viktor Shaitar, Kirill Ladygin.


SMP Racing President Boris Rotenberg, speaking at the ceremony, said that the engineers managed to create a completely new car, which uses the most modern technologies and materials. “During the time of working on the machine, we used the best world experience, the developments of one of the best companies - Dallara, - he said  — Russian specialists actively participated in the development of the car, as well as Russian pilots of the SMP Racing program who also worked on the simulator. “Experienced racers at various stages of the development of the car made suggestions for improving performance, from ergonomics to car behavior on the track, - added Rothenberg.


The BR1 prototype has already passed all the necessary tests and homologation of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), a number of tests on the racing tracks under the control of SMP Racing pilots. The team intends to enter two Russian crews in the highest category of the WEC championship -LMP1 -to compete for the highest results in the overall standings.


WEC is an international sports competition organized by the Western Automobile Club and sanctioned by the FIA. A distinctive feature of the championship is its holding in four classes at once: two classes of sports prototypes and two classes of Gran Turismo cars. The championship title is contested among the factory teams of sports prototypes and Gran Turismo cars, as well as their drivers.

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