Mulsanne's Corner NEWS

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January 2003
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>>The first images of the 2003 Bentley show a very different car.  The most obvious change is the revised air management at the nose.  Air is blown through the front suspension into the radiator intake that is now located along side the driver.  The front overhang also appears shorter.  There are vents aft of the front wheel that run nearly to the top of the side pod for wheel well evacuation and form some semblance of a implied fender.  Double horizontal strakes at the tail replace the single low set from last year, turbo inlet scoops in front of the rear wheel arches replace the inlet scoop in the roof, and a revised cockpit and bodywork behind the cockpit (overall tighter in appearance, the tear drop is "stepped") complement the package.  The rear bodywork has been "melted" over the rear suspension and is lower overall than last year.  The wing mount supports have been moved from a central center position out to their furthest offset.  Interestingly, the Bentley has so far not adopted the trend of full depth rear-wing endplates.
>>Spotted on the entry list for Sebring, Yates replacing Élan power for the Jim Mathews Racing R&S MkIIIC.
>>The Lister Storm LMP has been officially entered for the 12 Hours of Sebring:

"The Lister Storm LMP has been entered in the first round of the ALMS Championship the 12 Hours of Sebring on 15th March.  There will be three drivers confirmed so far are Jamie Campbell Walter and Nicolaus Springer.

The Storm LMP is on schedule for a shakedown in the UK before a two day test with Dunlop at Jerez, southern Spain, in the middle of February."

>>Preliminary Sebring entry has been posted by IMSA:

Entry list

>>Speed Channel Speed Tribe schedule through Feb. 6:

Episode 1       Sat., Jan. 11   4:00 PM
Episode 1       Wed., Jan. 15   4:00 PM
Episode 2       Thu., Jan. 16   4:00 PM
Episode 2       Sun., Jan. 26   7:30 PM
Episode 2       Sun., Jan. 26   12:30 AM
Episode 1       Mon., Jan. 27   7:30 AM
Episode 2       Mon., Jan. 27   12:30 PM
Episode 2       Fri., Jan. 31   10:30 PM
Episode 1       Fri., Jan. 31   3:30 AM
Episode 1       Wed., Feb. 5    11:00 PM
Episode 1       Wed., Feb. 5    4:00 PM
Episode 2       Thu., Feb. 6    3:30 AM

>>Lister LMP update.  Andy Thorby passes this on:  "The chassis passed all the FIA static and impact tests at the first attempt just before Christmas, and final assembly of the car is well underway. We're still awaiting the first gearbox from Hewland, so we're using a mock-up 'box for building up the rear suspension."
Here are a couple of more images for your enjoyment.
>>Lola annouced at the Autosport show the development of an LMGTP chassis for Le Mans and ALMS competition with a road going super-car, based on the race car, to follow.  Autosport
>>News round up from around the Net:

>>Speed Tribe to be shown on Speed Channel starting this Saturday, 1.11.03, at 4:00pm EST

>>Dallara to run at Le Mans in '03 in conjunction with Philippe Alliot? dailysportscar

>>Judd engines are to be rebadged as MG XPower for 2003.  Judd's desire to establish and maintain a relationship with a manufacturer has led to this arrangement with MG.  MG originallay was slated to be on the cam-covers of the Judd-built CART engines, but when CART flip-flopped their decision it led to MG being left out in the cold.  This new deal arises from those ashes.  dailysportscar

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