Caterham will make its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year with the #41 Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the LMP2 category, driven by Alexander Rossi, Eric Lux, and double LMP2 class-winner, Tom Kimber-Smith.
The company says it will use the experience to investigate the viability of producing a customer Sports Prototype package in the future.
Caterham engineers will work in partnership with the successful Greaves Motorsport outfit.
Caterham Technology CEO Mike Gascoyne said: “While there won’t be any specification changes we can apply to the car for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, because the car is homologated for the whole season, we will be looking in more detail at how our various areas of expertise across both Caterham Technology & Innovation and Caterham Composites can be applied to a customer Sports Prototype programme in future.
“We have the tools, the talent and the heritage to do the job in a marketplace that is currently light on existing players, so it makes sense for us to go and see first-hand how we might take advantage of a business opportunity that fits with our capabilities.”
The campaign will also form the first foray into international sports car racing for Alexander Rossi. Speaking about the challenges ahead, he said: “On a personal level, taking part in Le Mans has always been another goal of mine. F1 is my main target and I’m fully focused on that, but to run at Le Mans is important to me and for my CV. It’s a special race and to have the chance to compete with a team that’s already had success in endurance racing makes it all the better. In addition, I can help the guys at Caterham who I already know very well.”
The Caterham Motorsport #41 LM P2 car will make its track debut at the official test on June 8th & 9th, followed by the race itself on June 22nd & 23rd.