The Swiss Rebellion Racing team has confirmed its plans for a 2016 racing program which will center around running a pair of upgraded Rebellion R-One AER Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) cars in the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship (WEC), which includes the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Rebellion Racing has submitted its application forms for two cars to the FIA World Endurance Championship and Automobile Club de l’Ouest, and the entry lists will be revealed on February 6 at a press conference in Paris.
The team will be looking to re-confirm its status as the best privateer sports car team at the highest level of endurance racing, in 2015 extending its domination in the category by winning a fourth straight FIA WEC Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateer Teams.
The Rebellion Racing cars will continue to be powered by AER engines in 2016, for the second year in a row. Both AER and the team have gained experience and knowledge 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. We will continue to use the AER P60 engine; last season it was a new installation in the Rebellion R-One chassis and while 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,” said Bart Hayden, Rebellion Racing team manager.
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.
Meanwhile, Rebellion timepieces will remain a 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.