SMP unveils new BR1 LMP1 car for 2018 World Endurance Championship
|By Jamie Klein||Friday, November 17th 2017, 16:56 GMT|
SMP Racing's new Dallara-built LMP1 contender, dubbed the BR1, has been unveiled on the eve of the World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain.
The Italian-designed, Russian-entered car was shown officially for the first time in the Sakhir paddock on Friday evening, with SMP boss Boris Rotenberg joined by drivers Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin.
Two of the AER-powered cars will be run by ART Grand Prix in the 2018/19 WEC 'superseason', while a third customer machine with a Gibson engine will be campaigned by graduating LMP2 squad DragonSpeed.
SMP revealed the BR1 has covered more than 1000km in testing at Aragon.
Renault Formula 1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin was among those taking on driving duties, alongside fellow Russians Petrov, Aleshin, Viktor Shaitar and Kirill Ladygin.
Rotenberg revealed that Petrov and Aleshin are the only two of the five test drivers who will definitely form part of the 2018/19 driver roster.
He added that both cars are highly likely to run all-Russian driver line-ups.