We love motorsports, and you can find a vote page in this site, where you can see, that soon we want to build a Le Mans Prototype car. In this year, the European Le Mans Series came to Hungary, hand-in-hand with the World Series by Renault. Because this is a unique opportunity to see such cars so close we knew, that somehow we should have to get into one of the teams and study their LMP2 car. Our letter was simple, we introduced ourselves, and what we are doing, and what we will be doing in a few years and we requested some passes for the friday free practice sessions. The great surprise was, that the Belgian Boutsen-Ginion Racing‘s member Olivia wrote back to us this:
What could we say to this? We loaded our batteries, wrote our questions and drove to the Hungaroring in Friday. Late summer weather, perfect conditions for the cars and for us! As fast our happiness came, it goes by that fast when we arrived to the main gate, because the guards said, that the track is closed for everybody on Friday, only members of the teams could enter. We can only go in we have a team’s pass or someone from them came down… One of the security guy was very helpful and brought up a letter to Olivia with our problems and she sent back 3 passes! YAY!!! We were in the paddock section 😀
One of the first trucks was the Boutsen Ginion’s, so we found them easily, but the paddock was huge and there were lots of things to see there. We knew, that this is going to be a long day 🙂
As soon as we get there Olivia showed us their box (it was pretty tight, they had to share the box with another team, because there were lots of them there on that weekend) and introduced us to the team’s manager and to some of the engineers, and of course, it was hard not to notice their LMP2 orange-black car.
This is an Oreca Nissan LMP2 car, minimum weight 900 kgs, with a V8 engine, which produces 450 hp. It was so good to see, that this is a used car. Full of scratches, tiny damages and we could feel the races in it. We asked some questions about the telemetry sensors and they said they will show them in a bit, just had to take the wheels off… By the way the impact wrench is so loud 😀 Loved that sound…
Ohh look, formula Renault 2.0 cars are waiting to enter to the race track. We probably saw some of the future F1 drivers as well, because these are really just teenagers with helmets. Even though these are also great machines!
I put together a small video for you, so you can see and feel our day closer! 🙂