2001 Snobeck LM 01

Images courtesy Snobeck Engineering
Text copyright Michael J. Fuller
Snobeck LM 01, www.mulsannescorner.comA very neat chassis was unveiled over Le Mans weekend 2000 by a little known French firm, the Snobeck LM 01.  Their goal was to run at Le Mans in 2001.  The car was designed to accept the Peugeot twin turbo V6 (LMP900) and a single turbo I4 (LMP675) engine.
Snobeck LM 01, www.mulsannescorner.comThe wind tunnel/presentation model had some minor differences to the presentation car, the main being the open inside face of the front fenders.
Snobeck LM 01, www.mulsannescorner.comVery low and very lean, the side pods were some of the lowest at the time.  Very low frontal area was an obvious design consideration. In 2000 the ACO announced rules stability continuing for 2001 so the Snobeck LM 01 had the prerequisite single roll hoop.  At the front,  a single large intake feeds radiators downstream at waist positions left and right of the monocoque.  The coolers then exhaust immediately out the side pod.  The nose box is raised and results in the F1-esque nose at the front.  This increases topside splitter area and provides for less obstructed flow to the radiators.
Snobeck LM 01, www.mulsannescorner.comThe raised footbox is a necessity to provide enough airflow volume for the coolers.  Note the image here, and the one below.  At right is the V6 twin turbo Peugeot engine, below, the 4 cylinder LMP675 Snobeck prepared engine.
Snobeck LM 01, www.mulsannescorner.comThe cooling arrangement is somewhat cluttered.  The water coolers get the main focus of the cooling airflow from the front and it is mmediately exhuasted out the vertical face of the sidepod.  Presumably a vertical splitter partitions the air flow coming in from the nose with a portion being then directed, through a somewhat tortuous route, under and over the water inlet and outlet pipes for the water cooler, and then an immediate and hard 90 degrees (or nearly so) to the intercooler.  Note the tub is sculpted and waisted vertically to presumably provide for the flow volume to the intercooler.
Snobeck LM 01, www.mulsannescorner.comThe wing is at maximum height.  The rear engine deck height is also extraordinarily low.

ęCopyright 2002, Michael J. Fuller