Rebellion Racing has introduced the new Rebellion R-One LM P1 that will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Barely a year after the start of the project – exactly 363 days after the design of the first piece in CAD – the Rebellion R-One LM P1 took to the track for the first time on Wednesday at Paul Ricard HTTT in the south of France. The Rebellion R-One, designed by ORECA, had a successful shakedown in the hands of Swiss driver Mathias Beche.
The cars will start their testing program next week, before heading to the 6 Hours of Spa for their first race in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
“Today the Rebellion R-One has turned its first laps and we are absolutely delighted by that. After many months of dedicated focus and design effort, the past few weeks have seen an incredible input by the Oreca personnel and members of the Rebellion Racing team,” said Rebellion Racing Team Manager Bart Hayden. “Our mechanics have been in the Oreca factory for the past few weeks without a break and so today’s running of the car is a great reward for all the hard work. Congratulations are due to everyone that has been involved in this project, but particularly to the design team led by Christophe Guibbal and the Rebellion mechanics led by Garry Richardson.
“Our mechanics are now catching the next plane back to England to be at Silverstone for this weekend’s FIA WEC opening race of the season and we will all be coming back to Paul Ricard next week after that race for a full test of the R-One cars.”