MARKHAM, Ontario (April 15, 2013) – Rebellion Racing claimed first and second places in the FIA LMP1 Privateer Trophy at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship opener.
The Lola-Toyota coupé #12 driven by Neel Jani, Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld took the chequered flag in first position of the LMP1 Privateer entrants (5th overall) in the 6 hour British endurance race after dominating since the free practice and qualifying sessions. The Lola-Toyota coupé #13 driven by Andrea Belicchi, CongFu Cheng and Mathias Beche secured the 2nd position of the LMP1 Privateer entrants (6th overall).
Bart Hayden Rebellion Team Manager stated, “It’s satisfying to get a reward for hard work and the results today are a just reward for the incredible efforts of all the team over the winter months. Credit should also go to the people at Multimatic who have helped us to bring the aero update to the cars for this weekend. We are leading the Championship, but there are many races still to come, so we’ll keep pushing and looking for continued success in the next events. Congratulations to the whole team and we’re looking forward to Spa.”
Multimatic Engineering and Carl Haas Automotive Provide Ongoing Support for Lola Customers
Multimatic, which acquired Lola Cars with Carl Haas Automotive Imports in 2012, continues to provide Lola customer teams with advanced engineering services and support.
Haas, having fifty years of experience servicing the global motorsports industry is leading the commercial interaction with customers, while Multimatic with its in-house composites expertise and ex-Lola engineering staff has responsibility for product development and manufacturing as well as technical support of race teams.
An example of the new arrangement is the work being done with Rebellion Racing, the reigning World Endurance Championship (WEC) LMP1 Privateer Champions. As part of the program, Multimatic completed an aerodynamic update to the Lola B12/60 chassis. Multimatic conducted extensive computer modeling and analysis, physical wind tunnel testing and validation, as well as manufacturing of the 25+ new carbon fibre bodywork updates completely in-house. In addition, Multimatic is outfitting the Rebellion LMP1 prototype with Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) damping technology with inerter and platform control system functionality. Multimatic continues to provide Lola customers with a comprehensive set of engineering and support services in both LMP1 and LMP2 classes.