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The Swiss Rebellion Racing team has submitted its application for two cars to enter the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) which includes the prestigious 24 Heures du Mans. The team’s plans for thier 2016 racing programme centre around running a pair of upgraded Rebellion R-One AER LMP1 cars. Both AER and the team have gained valuable experience and knowledge during 2015 to improve reliability and efficiency of the P60 V6 twin turbo engines.
“We have submitted entries for two cars for the full FIA WEC and 24 Hours of Le Mans.” said Team Manager Bart Hayden. “We will continue to use the AER P60 engine; last season it was a new installation in the Rebellion R-One chassis and whilst we achieved our target of taking the titles, there was still a lot of room for improvement on the reliability of the package.
“Together with AER we have been working hard on addressing the issues that came up in 2015 and we will make the necessary steps forward.
“We have a testing programme scheduled already and, unlike last year where we missed the opening rounds of the season, this year we will be ready from the beginning and we will be at the WEC Prologue at Paul Ricard HTTT in March.”
The team will be looking to re-confirm its status as the best privateer sportscar team at the highest level of endurance racing, extending its domination in the category by winning a fourth straight FIA WEC Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateer Teams.
The driver squad will remain the same as Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche, Dominik Kraihamer, Alexandre Imperatori and Mathéo Tuscher will share driving duties in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.
REBELLION Timepieces will remain as primary sponsor for the Swiss team in the FIA WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours as the watch brand and the team pride themselves on competing against the best sports car manufacturers and teams in the world.