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New Vanwall Vandervell 1000 hypercar for WEC trades aerodynamic appendages for numberplates

The Vanwall Vandervell 1000, a new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) built by German race team ByKolles, will get a road-legal version to do battle with the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Pictured outside the Grending headquarters of the team, the road car does without the racer’s sizeable tailfin and rear wing, likely so that it complies with pedestrian safety regulations.

ByKolles plans to use the Vanwall name for its World Endurance Championship (WEC) efforts but is unrelated to the British firm that has revived the same name for a continuation run of 1958's title-winning Formula 1 car.

ByKolles is yet to detail performance figures for the Vandervell 1000, but Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations enforce a 671bhp limit and a minimum weight of 1030kg.

The '1000' part of the name reportedly refers to the road car producing 1000hp (986bhp) from its Gibson V8-engined hybrid powertrain while weighing 1000kg.

Such figures are certainly within the realm of possibility: the 1000bhp Valkyrie was poised for an LMH entry before the plans were canned in favour of the brand's Formula 1 efforts.

ByKolles plans to begin racing the Vandervell 1000 in the WEC from next year, having commenced on-track testing in April 2022.

It's required to prove that it's a road car maker in some respect to be approved as an LMH entry. Its application to race in the 2022 WEC season was denied because of a problem with the documentation it submitted.

Ferrari, PeugeotScuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and Toyota have also committed to the LMH formula, but Glickenhaus is the only one so far to have announced a road-legal version of its racer.

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LP in Brighton 19 September 2022

It's a bit confusing having two Vanwalls which are completely unrelated. And shouldn't this German one be silver rather than what looks an approximation to British Racing Green? 

Peter Cavellini 16 September 2022

 Continuation?, isn't that just a term to get round copy rights?, it looks too wide for a road car,and like most of these cars, will cost a fortune to fix if you have an accident.

martin_66 17 September 2022
Peter Cavellini wrote:

and like most of these cars, will cost a fortune to fix if you have an accident.

I think you mean 'WHEN' you have an accident.  With 1000 bhp, if you ever see one of these on the road, it will be in millions of pieces having just smashed into a tree.

martin_66 16 September 2022

It's bizarre, isn't it?  I can't read an article about Skoda, but I can read an article about yet another irrelevant, pointless hypercar that hardly anyone will ever see and even fewer will be able to afford.