A chat with Rebellion Racing Team Principal Bart Hayden is always a pleasure, never more so than when there’s good news to discuss.
With the delayed start to the team’s 2015 FIA WEC programme there’s been precious little news around but that’s about to change as work progresses apace on the team’s pair of Rebellion R-One LMP1s.
“The first car has been at ORECA since Thursday last week with a team of our guys under Gary Richardson building up the revised car.
“The biggest physical job is the removal of the air intake on top of the tub that was required for the Toyota V8. That’s a bonded in part and is a major job to remove.
“Aside from that there will be very little visual difference from the car last year though there has been a massive amount of work required on the engine installation – It’s quite a shock when you see the car with the engine cover off and the AER installed after seeing it with the previous normally aspirated engine.
“There’s a lot of turbo piping and cooling, all in all it looks pretty ‘busy’ under there now!”
“Next week (11 May) there’s an FIA Visit as part of the homologation process and that will co-incide with the arrival at ORECA of the second car.
“The current car is for both cars to test at Paul Ricard on 21/22 May ahead of the Le Mans Test Day. There’s one wrinkle with that plan though because three of our six drivers are going to be racing in Formula E that same week (Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld and Daniel Abt.).
“The two crews are fixed with Prost, Heidfeld and Mathias Beche in the #12 and Daniel, Dominik Kraihamer and Alexandre Imperatori in the #13.”
The programme thereafter is for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the remaining 5 rounds of the 2015 FIA WEC.
As for the opposition: “We’re disappointed that the ByKolles car hasn’t got points on the board, we were looking forward to chasing them down. “We’ve definitely taken a step forward but it’s clear that the factory teams look to have made a massive step forward.”
“But Le Mans can throw all sort of things at you, We need to be as fast as we can and totally reliable, then we’ll see where we end up!”