South African design firm, Bailey Edwards Cars has recently revealed plans to design and build an LMP2 spec chassis with the goal of participating at Le Mans.
Having been involved with the construction of replica versions of historic sportscars such as the GT40, Porsche 917, and Ferrari P4, the Boksburg based firm is no stranger to the manufacturing of purpose built, performance chassis.
If successful, the ambitious plans would mark Bailey Edwards position as the first South African chassis constructor to field a car in the French endurance classic.
Company co-Founder, Peter Bailey, claims the project has already been well underway for over eighteen months, and is currently in the later stages of design, with certain components of the tub prepared for FIA safety testing. Recently released images of the chassis reveal what looks to be a somewhat Lola-Esque, raised nose design, with similarly designed sidewalls.
Bailey also stated that the overall goal of the programme was to produce an outcome which is ‘truly South-African in every sense of the word’. The design, manufacturing, testing, and development of the car will all be completed using South African technicians, drivers, and as many local components as possible.
All wind tunnel testing will be completed at the the University of Witwatersrand. Bailey Edwards aim to have the chassis prepared for competition by 2011.