Jaguar back, too? Hot on the heels of
Porsche’s announced sports prototype
plans comes word that Jaguar also is
evaluating a return to Le Mans. It, too,
will likely wait for the 2014 rules.
Penske Racing made porsche’s RS Spyder
an ALMS superpower from 2006-’08,
and would like to rekindle the association
when the new car arrives in 2014.
BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS?
Porsche will soon be back in prototypes, and Roger Penske
says he hopes to be joining his old sports car partner
Porsche’s renewed sports prototype program could
again be boosted by Roger Penske. Asked about the
new Porsche on SPEED’s Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain,
“We hope we can be a part of that program,” said Penske.
“There’s nothing to announce at this point but, obviously, we
had great success in the LMP2 with the [RS] Spyder.”
Porsche announced in June that it would return to Le Mans
in 2014 with an all-new prototype, although the specifics of the
car remain to be determined. “Now we will begin with detailed
research in order to evaluate the various concept alternatives
for our new car,” said Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche
Motorsport. “These obviously depend on how the regulations
for the year 2014 look in detail. In principle, these regulations
are interesting for us because the
integration of our hybrid technology in
the vehicle concept is one possible
option.” Porsche is currently fielding a
hybrid 911 in international GT
competition with the flywheel KERS
system developed by Williams.
ONE STEP BACK,
THREE STEPS AHEAD
Block won’t fit in F1, but
he’s expanding his profile.
Ken Block’s planned Formula 1 test for
Pirelli is off. Block, who is famous for his
Gymkhana videos, had hoped to run at
Monza in an updated 2009 Toyota test
car, but his legs were too long for him
to be able to fit in the car.
“When we have found the right car,
we can’t find the people to run it,
because very few have running old F1
cars,” said Pirelli motorsport boss Paul
Hembery. “It’s been a bit of a challenge,
but we will make it happen.”
The indefatigable Block isn’t sitting
around waiting. The American recently
revealed a multi-purpose racecar, built
specifically to compete in stage rally,
rallycross and gymkhana events.
“Despite the similarities between
stage rally, rallycross and gymkhana, in
order to be the best at each, you must
have specific-built vehicles,” says Block.
“My WRC Fiesta just can’t do what my
Gymkhana Fiesta can, and vice versa.
But having to campaign three separate
cars is a nightmare, so we built one car
that can be transformed to suit each
form of racing I do.”
Block’s a bit too big for F1’s britches,
but he’s already on to what’s next.
Remembering an influential racer and team owner
Jochen Rindt drove Roy Winkelmann’s Brabham BT23
Formula 2 car in 1967, and his success there paved
the way for Rindt to achieve F1 greatness with Lotus.