Typically, building and running a race car is out of the public’s reach. Perrinn myTeam, however, is regarding itself as the first open source race car constructor that allows the public to get involved in a project to develop, build and run a sports car aiming to compete at Le Mans in 2015.
The public could visit its interactive open source Web site at perrinn.com to gain access to every element of the racing project including drawings, CAD model and even financial budgets. Perrinn myTeam’s open source will allow everybody to make a contribution on the project no matter who they are.
The public will have a say on the livery design and team wear, as well as driver choice, suspension and aerodynamics. Since data will be made available to the project, anyone could 3D print a model or download a version to drive on the PC or simulator.
Race car designer Nicolas Perrin, who has experience in F1 and sports car racing, came up with the open source idea for the LMP1 racing car he designed as an alternative way to get backing for his £8.5-m project for the next two years. However, Perrin’s myTeam is not crowd funded and is free for followers.
Perrin is hoping that this alternative and interactive approach will encourage sponsors and investors to back his project. Pettin myTeam is an innovative platform through which organizations can communicate their own values of openness and transparency, allowing engagement with an enthusiastic community with a common goal.
Perrin has already completed a full set of blueprints for his 4WD hybrid LMP1 challenger that would compete against Porsche, Audi and Toyota at Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship. Interested parties can view the component drawings, CAD models and set up data on the Perrinn myTeam site.
As the project progresses, Perrinn will release the commercial aspects including salaries, operating costs and strategies. “For too long motorsport has not embraced its fans nor nurtured future generations who want to work in motorsport to know what really goes in a team,” Perrin said. “We can do things differently and show people what is really needed to get a car to Le Mans.”
The project has received substantial support from private investors to complete the design but Perrinn’s task now is to find backers who will enable him to build and test the first car by the end of 2014. “Our fully open book financial model shows we are looking for £2.5m in the first year. It is all planned and costed. At this stage everything is possible, including naming the car and team. Backers will have access to our sharing community and be part of a concept not seen anywhere else, I think that is very special.” concludes Perrin. [source: Perrin myTeam]