The development of racing prototypes was a historical process that was behind closely guarded gates, the degree of privacy to the jealous even the NSA! But now we are in 2014 and things seem to change radically. Because for the first time in history a team of engineers determined to build a prototype racing for the famous 24 hours endurance race in Le Mans, has vowed to make it through open source development. Which of course means that anyone, no matter where you are in the globe, can contribute to the construction of a race, through information, planning and everything else thought at engineering, aerodynamics, etc.
Unbelievable, indeed! Nicholas Perrinn, a British former F1 engineer based in Yorkshire, England, is the brain of the project. Having established the program’s open source myTeam as a way to attract the necessary funds to finance the racing, the summer is expected to show an early model in Europe to gather the amount of 10 million needed to complete the project.
The development of online car will certainly start much earlier than that, to give engineer Perrinn able to steal the title from the Audi, a Porsche and Toyota LMP1 class in the Le Mans 2015. To win would certainly take a lot more than a handful of mechanical gremlins, and there just mounted the contribution of all of us. And imagine what history would have been if the independent manufacturer was able to steal the win with our help! The development of open source, giving each user full access to the web design of the original, and then hits the racing territory.
By Nicole P.