REBELLION Racing, winners of the FIA World Endurance Championship Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams for the past four seasons and current leaders of this year's Championship will be putting their participation in the LMP1 category on hold after the conclusion of the 2016 season and will go into 2017 with a different focus.
REBELLION Racing first raced in LMP1 in 2009, running a single Lola chassis powered by an Aston Martin V12 engine. In 2010, Rebellion Racing ran two LMP1 cars, with the Lola chassis powered by Judd’s 5.5L V10 engines. Between 2011 and 2014, the team formed a close partnership with Toyota Motorsport GmbH and using the normally aspirated 3.4L V8 Toyota engine, REBELLION Racing achieved many successes including finishing in fourth place overall at Le Mans in 2012 and again in 2014.
With a change of Technical Regulations at the start of 2014 when the LMP1 class moved to a fuel-flow restricted formula, Rebellion Racing in association with ORECA built their own LMP1 cars, the Rebellion R-Ones. The Rebellion R-One cars were initially powered by the Toyota V8 that had served the team so well and then in 2015, as the team strived for even more performance, the Rebellion R-One cars were re-engineered to use the V6 twin turbo engine from AER.
That fourth place overall finish at Le Mans in the 24 Hour race in 2014 showed that the Rebellion R-One privateer cars could mix with the Manufacturer hybrid cars. Since 2014, Manufacturer development has significantly pushed the boundaries of LMP1 and, after having been the main flag bearer for the privateer entrants in the category for the past seven seasons, REBELLION Racing will next year move to the new style LMP2.
It is an exciting time for LMP2 as new specification cars, which will be eligible to race in all the top sportscar championships around the world, are currently being unveiled by the chassis suppliers. The pace of these new LMP2 cars is forecast to be significantly quicker than the current cars and with high levels of competition between the teams and the cars, the challenge is very attractive to REBELLION Racing, we are looking forward to this new adventure.
The first meeting of the Super Season took place on April 6th and 7th at the Paul Ricard circuit for the World Endurance Championship Prologue.
REBELLION Racing continues its implication in Endurance by a LMP2 car in the European Le Mans Series. The ORECA 07 will be composed of an ambitious crew with Thomas Laurent at the wheel.
After ending the 2017 season with the title of LMP2 World Champion, the REBELLION Racing team will return to the top category of the World Endurance Championship next season, just one year after leaving it.
Vaillante REBELLION finished the last race of the 2017 FIA WEC season with both cars on the podium and the 2017 FIA World Endurance Champion title in the LMP2 category with their #31 Oreca-Gibson 07 car.