Drayson Racing will debut its British built Judd V10-powered Lola B09/60 racing car—commonly known as the “Lola Coupe”—in the 12th Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, 22-26 September, 2009. The move signifies Drayson Racing’s serious motorsport intentions and focus on using the sport as a catalyst to advance environmental technologies.
|No. 88. Click to enlarge.|
The top prototype category will open the organization to a far wider set of choices in developing new technologies under the international rules for LMP1 race cars. Long supporters of the environmental movement in motorsports—and with drivers Paul, Lord Drayson and Jonny Cocker having won the first-ever national victory in the UK for a bioethanol-fuelled car—Drayson Racing says that it will use the P1 platform to develop and advance new technologies for improved efficiency and performance.
The working partnerships with both Lola Cars and Engine Developments Ltd. (the parent company of Judd) will provide additional avenues for the evolution and testing of these technologies.
The progression into the LMP1 class, often referred to simply as P1, will necessitate a number change for Drayson Racing. Long-associated with the 007 moniker in the United States and the 87 in Europe, the team will campaign the No. 88 in the remaining events this season. The car will be known as the No. 88 Drayson Racing Lola with Judd Power.
The Drayson entry signifies the first P1 class combination of Lola Coupe and Judd V10 to campaign in the American Le Mans Series. The chassis uses Lola’s decades of experience as Britain’s most successful racing chassis builder to provide an established, and quick, platform on which to compete. Judd’s GV5, 72-degree V10 is a proven performer and will run on second generation E10 racing fuel. The program will continue its strong technical partner ties with Michelin Tires and Motul Oil.
Drayson Racing will continue to run the No. 87 Aston Martin Vantage GT2 in the two remaining European Le Mans Series events (23 August at Nürburgring and 13 September at Silverstone). The 1000km of Silverstone will bring to conclusion two years developing the Vantage for GT2 competition. To-date, the team enjoys a career-best finish of seventh accomplished at the 1000km of Spa (Belgium) earlier this season.
Paul, Lord Drayson is UK Minister for Science and Innovation for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. He holds his Ministerial Office jointly with the Ministry of Defense. Last year, he left his Parliament post as Minister of Defense Procurement to race on the American Le Mans Series in a cellulosic E85-powered Aston Martin Vantage.
This year, his racing has been limited to the six-race Le Mans Europe Series. He returns on 26 Sep for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta where the US Department of Energy and US Environmental Protection Agency presented the inaugural Green Challenge Award last year.