British motorsports engineering company PERRINN has announced that it has received the first order for its new LMP1 car. Designer Nicholas Perrinn expects to see the new car competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2018.
Nicholas Perrin believes that, with the stability of regulations in the class, more teams will be attracted to the category.
“Increased support and stability from the FIA and ACO, coupled with programmes from other manufacturers, has meant we’ve had a lot of discussions with teams seeking more freedom from the new LMP2 category,” explained Nicholas Perrinn.
“LMP1 offers a route to progress from an engineering and pace point of view,” he continued. “In just a few short months, the programme has progressed very quickly to the point we’ll have two cars plus enough spares to build another car within six months. We have ensured we have capacity to do more should some of our other discussions develop.”
The name of the buyer has not been disclosed but PERRINN has said it is a European race team who has committed to buy two cars.
PERRINN is committed to ensuring the design will be ‘open source’.
“I am using open source as a way to focus resources and talents around our project,” said Perrinn. “I want PERRINN to achieve success at Le Mans by becoming a much bigger organisation that it can be if we limit ourselves to a centralised closed company.”
The, as yet unnamed, car, images of which were released today, will be revealed in late November with testing to start before the end of the year.