Multiple industry and paddock sources have confirmed that whilst current Super GT team and past Le Mans runners SARD’s FIA WEC LMP1 ambitions will not come to fruition for 2015, the long-established Japanese outfit are close to confirming a proposed entry for the 2015 FIA WEC in collaboration with another team in LMP2.
The effort would be a single car as a toe in the water ahead of a potential future LMP1 programme with SARD currently assessing options with multiple teams, multiple chassis but a single engine option currently understood to be slated.
The proposal is believed to be a Judd V8, re-badged for this effort with the Toyota brand though it is unclear at present whether the proposal has gained the presumably necessary approval from Toyota corporately in Japan – It is certainly not a programme that is in any way linked to TMG in Cologne.
With available full season grid slots for the FIA WEC limited to 32, and with many of the available 2015 LMP2 slots already accounted for by existing, and already announced additional efforts there will be pressure from the WEC for as convincing an effort as possible.
Understood to be amongst the potential partners are the already announced as WEC bound Morand Racing, the team’s Morgan chassis already fitted with the Judd V8 with at least two other existing LMP2 teams offering a rather telling ‘no comment’ in response to a polite request for comment from DSC.