World Endurance Championship Round 2. Le Mans, France. June 2018. Image: John Stevens for JellyBaby.Media

For those of you wondering when the über-reliable Gibson 4.5 litre GL458 will burst into flames and expire it seems we now have an idea, the Spa or Le Mans rounds of the 2019 FIA World Endurance Championship. 

Following a spat with engine supplier NISMO over performance and payment terms Austrian team ByKolles have announced a change to the V8, non-turbocharged Gibson unit for Spa and Le Mans. 

The GL458 is an updated version of Gibson’s spec P2 engine (you can read all about it in Nick’s interview with Gibson Technical Director Nick Lovett here).

Commenting via their Facebook page ByKolles Team Principal Manfredi Ravetto said: “Everyone saw the tough time we suffered in recent race weekends and it’s time to move on to a new chapter. We are very confident that a Gibson-powered ByKOLLES Enso will reward us with the results that our relentless work and investment deserve. It’s a massive challenge to be ready for Spa but our small and dedicated team in Greding loves these challenges as we’ve proved before in F1 and WEC.”

“Everyone at Gibson Technology is delighted that our engines have been chosen by yet another top-flight team.” added John Manchester, Gibson Technology’s Operations Director. “We are looking forward to working with ByKolles in the coming seasons and this new partnership signals the start of an exciting new phase in their efforts to compete at the highest level of world sportscar racing”.