Based on Spyker’s new C8 Aileron supercar, the new GT racer will be designed and developed to the ACO’s new GTE specifications in time for the start of the 2012 motorsport season. Development activities will be undertaken by Spyker Squadron’s expanded engineering team at its Zeewolde headquarters in Holland, in conjunction with its long-standing technical partners.
Greater attention will also be paid to the commercial arm of the Spyker Squadron division, specifically through the sale of its new C8 Aileron GT car to customer teams.
Spyker Squadron Managing Director, Peter Van Erp, said: “We are taking a racing sabbatical this year to concentrate on developing a new GT racer based on the C8 Aileron, instead of continuing to spend money on a car at the end of its development cycle. For the long term of Spyker Squadron, and for its role in the promotion and technical development of Spyker road cars, it’s a positive and strategically important step.
“We will develop the car for the new GTE class, although we will also assess whether there is sufficient demand to develop a FIA GT3 variant as well. This would be relatively straightforward and would increase the potential customer base,” continued Van Erp.
The Spyker C8 Aileron GT racing car will take over from Squadron’s C8 Laviolette GT2R racer, which Spyker has raced for three years in European GT endurance racing. In 2009, the C8 Laviolette GT2R delivered Squadron’s most successful season, claiming two second-place GT2 class finishes in the Le Mans Series, and scoring a fifth place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.