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    Saint-Pé de Bigorre, France, 7 September 2016… Shortly after presenting the design of the new NORMA M30 LMP3 at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, French manufacturer Norma Auto Concept is announcing the debut of its ambitious prototype on the North American market, expected to be first seen in the 2017 “IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda.”

    The NORMA M30 is the fruit of a close collaboration between the design team at Norma and the Italian engineering team at Tatuus, which led to the launch of an innovative LMP3, entirely oriented towards performance optimization and ease of operation.

    Even before its launch, the technical program implemented for the design of the M30 has already attracted several European teams including the TDS Racing Team (current LMP2 leader of the European Le Mans Series) who also chose the Norma M30 for the launch of its LMP3 program.

    The first car of the initial run of 10 is currently being assembled in response to initial demands, with a Norma M30 expected to arrive on American shores well before the end of the year. Norma will be actively present at all IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda events, providing partner teams with individual assistance and support.

    Quotes of Norbert Santos, founder and president of Norma Auto Concept:

    “Motor-racing in the US has been engrained in Norma’s genes for a long time. We took our first steps there in 1999 at Daytona. Personally, I am a firm supporter of American races. The atmosphere is always fantastic and the organizers’ main priority is the fans.

    “We are now approaching another important stage in the history of Norma, which we are marking with the upcoming launch of the M30 LMP3. Since the start of the project, we have clearly intended to compete on the road in North America.

    Santos continued, “We are extremely grateful to IMSA for having made the decision to open the doors of its organization to these incredibly efficient prototypes that meet the expectations of not only the most demanding of teams and drivers, but also of an entire category of North American drivers who want to drive in complete safety in a unique car.

    “Considerable means and energy have gone into designing the M30. Not only will this will be a very beautiful car with great eye appeal, but we are also confident that its performance will match its exquisite looks. Just a few weeks after its first drive, several teams have already reserved their M30, either because they have known us for a long time or because they have had a chance to look at and circulate the technical guidelines of our program. This is a real honor for us, given that it’s rare for teams to commit before the car has even been put on the track. We look forward with great anticipation to sharing many future victories with them.”

  • #2
    Forgive me if I am out of the loop here but this is a carbon monocoque yes?

    Aside from their cost I never understood why people race them.
    But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob


    • #3
      I think so, but I couldn't find any spec sheets on the car.


      • #4
        Here's what I think I just read at ELMS - The different classes and LMP3 in IMSA Prototype Lites Replacement for 2017 - Sportscar365

        For 2017, the IMSA Prototype Challenge will have two classes. PC1 which are (?) the world spec LMP3 cars. I think Norma makes it six manufacturers approved to build LMP3 cars by the ACO. PC2 are what have been known as the L1 class in IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites. I believe the former Prototype Challenge cars (Oreca FLM09) are history.

        LMP3 cars are, according to the ELMS page - "carbon chassis with tubular steel roll cage" - so not a true monocoque(?). I also believe the LMP3 cars use a spec Nissan V8 engine from Oreca and a spec X-Trac transmission.

        Some of the above may even be true. IMSA overall classing strategy is me confuse. Add to that IMSA's FIA Drivers' Categorisation (Bronze to Platinum) driver rating-based rules about what level drivers can be or not be in which cars. And BOP adjustments.

        Fun Fact - I am certified by the FIA as a "Cotton" level driver. At least I'm not a "Paper" level.
        Last edited by billybobster; 09-07-2016, 10:35 PM.