The Corsa Motorsports Ginetta-Zytek 09HS hybrid LMP1 car is running in competition for the first time this weekend at the Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports park. The new car arrived from the UK just last weekend and prior to hitting the track in Utah has run only once since being completed. Driver Johnny Mowlem and team owner Steve Pruitt spoke with Green Fuels Forecast this week about the new car and revealed some details. The lithium ion battery pack supplied by Continental is basically the same unit that will be going into the new Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid this summer. During last week's shake down test at Silverstone in England, Mowlem completed a full lap on electric drive only hitting a top speed of 75 mph.
Besides looking for a performance and efficiency advantage (a plus in endurance racing) Pruitt also wants to use the program to promote and advocate for more alternative powertrain and battery development in the United States. More details about the car's drivetrain are available at Green Fuels Forecast.
With almost no track testing before the race it should come as no surprise that the early lap times at Utah were disappointing. The new car qualified 4.5 seconds a lap slower than the leading Acura of de Ferran Motorosports.
[Source: Green Fuels Forecast]