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  Rebellion R-One Toyota

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Country of origin:Switzerland
Produced in:2014
Predecessor:Lola B12/60 Toyota
Successor:Rebellion R-One AER
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 02, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFrom the late 2000s, the Anglo-Suisse Rebellion Racing team has taken over from Pescarolo Sport as the quickest and most consistent privateer team in sports car racing. During this period, the team relied on the continuously developed Lola chassis, powered by a Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) V8. Extensive rule changes for the 2014 season and the demise of Lola prompted Rebellion to look elsewhere. Eventually a deal was struck with Oreca for the development of the proprietary Rebellion R-One.

Under the new regulations, the works LMP1 cars are mandated to run hybrid system, while privateers are allowed to run in LMP1-L (Lightweight) with a conventional machine. As a result, the R-One is a relatively straightforward LMP1 car, be it slightly narrower than the previous generation LMP1 machinery. While the engine is once again the TMG RV8KLM but extensively modified to comply with the new engine regulations. These no longer use restrictors to balance performance but rather a fuel flow meter, which limits the fuel fed to the engine.

The Rebellion and Oreca deal was struck relatively late in 2013, which meant that the cars were not quite ready for the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, where the Lolas raced once more. Three weeks later, both Rebellion R-Ones were rolled for round two at Spa Francorchamps.

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  Article Image gallery (11) Specifications