Mulsanne's Corner NEWS

Mulsanne's Corner NEWS isn't meant to be THE source for up to date news items.  Instead what we are doing is providing an archive for information collected through out the Net related to new car developments.  Occasionally we do post first hand gathered items, but most of the time it is news from secondary sources such as dailysportscar.com or Autosport.  We will provide all sources for any news item shown here.

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October 2002

10.18.02
>>Recently I was contacted by an artist named Alain Baudouin regarding a very interesting FordGT40 print he is working on.  If you are intersted and able to help Alain get his image to print, contact him via email address below. 

"Almost 40 years after the first entry of a V8 Ford at Le Mans 24 hours in 1963, I have painted the 45 Ford powered prototypes (Lola, Mirage, GT40, MK2, Mk2B, Mk4) which have made the Le Mans legend between 1963 and 1969.

I am an independent painter, my previous illustrations have already been published several times (Auto-hebdo, Course-Auto-Magazine, F1-Grand-Prix, GP Data Book).

I would now like to publish this illustration, preferably as a limited edition poster, at the occasion of this 40 years anniversary and of the launching of the Ford GT40 replica at the last Detroit carshow.

I am looking for a sponsor who may be interested in exchanging the full copyrights of this illustration (including the addition of his logo to the document) with only the printing costs of the limited edition poster.

The attached picture gives an idea of the document, but the real one is obviously much different (27"x 20" and showing all 45 Ford powered prototypes from the 1963-69 time frame) and more attractive.

If you or someone you know is interested in my project, I thank you in advance for contacting me so I could show you the original work."

email: Alain Baudouin

10.16.02
>>A bit of really old news, and a bit of new news.  Piper Design has been involved with the FIA in developing the 2004 prototype rules looking at a reduction of the pitch sensitivity issues flat bottomed sports cars have been dealing with.
>>Piper LMPO1.  Now the new news.  If you recall, Piper was initially hired by YGK to develop an exclusive LMP car.  That relationship has since gone sour, but Piper has soldiered on with an LMP design developed to the 2004 rules they have been working with the FIA on.  The initial difference is the double hoop driver protection and the deep endplates to increase aerodynamic stability in a spin.   For 2004, the flat underbody will be done away with, replaced with a gradual diffuser starting near the middle of the car coupled with a raised splitter at the front and perhaps even a plank to mandate a minimum ride height/chassis rake.  Here's the initial, pre-2004 rules, artist's rendering:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

All Piper imagery courtesy dailysportscar.com

10.5.02
>>Note the R&S MkIIIC is running deep endplates at the Miami GP this weekend.  Image courtesy of Richard Dole and the ALMS. 
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