The Isotta Fraschini Duqueine team has conducted the first test of the hypercar it will run in next year’s World Endurance Championship.
Isotta Fraschini has teamed up with experienced French sportscar outfit Duquiene for its entry into the rapidly-growing WEC series next year. Its car will be one of 19 in the Hypercar class in 2024.
The team’s motorsport manager Claudio Berro said he was “very satisfied” with the outcome of the first test, including the debut of Gonzalez, who is a champion in the LMP3 class.
“It was Alex Garcia’s first time driving a hypercar and he behaved very professionally, assisted by Jean-Karl Vernay,” said Berro. “The two Portuguese days saw several long runs in which the car performed perfectly, which allowed us to collect a lot of information on the tyres and on the set-up and aerodynamic settings.”
Vernay said the test had been “super productive” for the team. “We were lucky to have some great weather which meant we could run the car properly. We continued to improve the car set-up, but all the systems are working well.”
Gonzalez said his chance to drive the car was “Christmas coming early.”
“My first reaction to seeing it in person was like a dream coming true, and driving this car with all the technology involved is something else,” he continued. “We did a lot of laps to get used to it and all the systems, but all ran smoothly.
“Every lap I drove, I learned more and more about the car. I’m super happy Isotta Fraschini allowed me to try the car and race with them, and I can’t thank them enough. I can’t wait to race this car in Qatar.”
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