ORECA have confirmed that the new car in design and build for Rebellion Racing’s planned two car assault on the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship is to be named the Rebellion R13, the ’13’ reflecting the team’s longstanding ‘lucky’ racing number.
The new cars , derived from the successful Oreca 07 LMP2 car will be powered by normally aspirated Gibson V8 engines.
The team is expected to see a significant backroom change too with ORECA expected to take charge of the engineering of the car and the Sebah Engineering outfit, until 2017 the organisation that provided all support required for Rebellion’s racing efforts continuing in a support and logistics role. ORECA’s support role for the Toyota LMP1 effort in the FIA WEC is set to continue unchanged.
Rebellion are set to receive their cars shortly before the FIA WEC Prologue test, this year moving back to Paul Ricard and operating over a continuous 30 hour period.
There will be time prior to the Prologue only for basic roll-out and shakedown testing it is understood.
The R13 is the third consecutive car fielded by Rebellion to have emerged from ORECA’s design office and workshops. The Rebellion R-One, which replaced the team’s Lola LMP1s was replaced last season by the ORECA 07 for a title winning season in the FIA WEC’s LMP2 class.
That win extended an unbroken streak across the history of the FIA WEC with Rebellion Racing winning titles in every season thus far.
“To design this new LM P1 prototype is a wonderful challenge” ORECA Group’s CEO Hugues de Chaunac said. “When the design bureau began developing the ORECA 07, we really wanted to move up to the next level, one step higher compared to the ORECA 05. The successes achieved last year really motivated and convinced us to now tackle this highly competitive main category. Fitted with an atmospheric engine, this LM P1 will face a hard task against the Hybrid cars. But the Rebellion R 13 will be a very determined challenger.”