Russian company BR Engineering has presented a new sport prototype BR1 to the international motorsport community and media at the final round of the FIA WEC 2017 season in Bahrain. The Russians had announced an agreement between worldwide known Italian sports car manufacturer Dallara and BR Engineering a year ago during FIA WEC “6 hours of Bahrain” race. The LMP1 car has been created and developed to compete in the new super season of the world endurance championship.
In the process of creating aerodynamic elements of the new prototype, 16 wind tunnel sessions were conducted, the total duration of which was 600 hours, during which 1000 tests were performed.
5 SMP Racing drivers took part in the tests on the simulator and on the real prototype, including:
• Vitaly Petrov, the first Russian Formula 1 driver;
• Mikhail Aleshin, the IndyCar series driver;
• Sergey Sirotkin, reserve driver of the Renault F1 team;
• Kirill Ladygin, 13 times champion of Russia in karting and circuit racing, podium finisher of "24 Hours of Le Mans" FIA WEC;
• Victor Shaytar, world champion, prize-winner of the "24 Hours of Le Mans" FIA WEC.
The drivers spent a total of 64 hours on the prototype’s simulator, which amounted to 173 sessions or 870 laps.