Following construction of the Formula Le Mans prototypes and the purchase of Crouage, Oreca developed the 03 for LMP2 in 2011. The chassis was used with little sucess by Signatech Nissan using a NISMO VK45DE 90º V8 and Race Performance with a Judd/BMW HK 90º V8.
Oreca purchased Courage in 2007 and much of the 03 came from the LC70/75 including the twin fins for rollover protection from the original car.
On top of the carbon fibre/honeycomb chassis is a completely new body Oreca’s chief-engineer David Floury.
ORECA has been a constructor since the end of 2007, and it has already made a name for itself with the ORECA 01 racing in LM P1, and the Formula Le Mans prototypes. The Signes-based Group has used the experience gained with these two cars to build the ORECA 03. This new prototype will be on sale for teams wanting to race in 2011 in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the different Le Mans Series in the LM P2 category.
“ORECA wants to expand its activities as a constructor and we liked the 2011 LM P2 regulations,” begins Hugues de Chaunac. “This is why we’re unveiling the ORECA 03 today, which has got Le Mans in its genes! It will also take advantage of the know-how we’ve acquired with the ORECA 01, a prototype that’s both quick and reliable, as we’ve proved on several occasions, in particular in the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours in which it finished fourth overall and in 2009 when it came home fifth.”
As required by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest regulations, the 2011 LM P2s must respect certain cost limits. This will be the case for the ORECA 03, which will go on sale at a price of 345 000 euros. The car will be adapted to whatever engine the team chooses. The ORECA design office has designed the car in such a way that it can be adapted to different types of engine. Besides this, the competition client service has always been at the core of the ORECA Group. The teams can take advantage of a spare parts/backup service at each meeting in the Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series.
“Our car will follow the ACO specification but our project is an ambitious one,” points out de Chaunac. “In fact, it’s more than just a car: what we’re offering is a winning package. We’re both a constructor and a team that also runs cars. We know what the demands are at the highest level thanks to our involvement in LM P1, as well as cost restrictions through Formula Le Mans. ORECA has already showed its know-how in these two areas.”
The ORECA 03 will be rolled out early in January 2011. The cars will be delivered to buyers in the first three months of the year depending on the choice of engine.
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NISMO VK45DE 90º V8
DOHC 4 Valves per Cylk
4494 cc / 274.24 in³
343.0 kw / 460 bhp
102.36 bhp per litre
511.11 bhp per tonne
body / frame
Carbon Fibre Body and Carbon Fiber & Honeycomb Chassis