New Spyker C8 Aileron Racecar Headed for GTE Class in 2012

Racing regulations are constantly on the mend, and rule changes mean teams must react. With the Le Mans GT2 class now turned into the GTE Am and GTE Pro groups, Spyker is preparing to concentrate on its new GTE-spec C8 Aileron.

Spyker Squadron is the Dutch company's works racing division, and it's turning efforts towards prepping the new C8 Aileron GT for competition in 2012. There's not much information available at this time, but we know the Aileron will be replacing the current C8 Laviolette GT2R. This also decision means Spyker will not take part in any factory motorsport campaigns in 2011.

"We will develop the car for the new GTE class, although after its first season we will assess whether there is sufficient demand to develop a variant to FIA GT3 specifications," said Peter Van Erp, Spyker Squadron managing director. "This would be relatively straightforward and would increase the potential customer base for the car and associated race support package.  We are already attracting customer race teams wishing to buy an off-the-shelf car, with enquiries arriving from Europe and the Far East."

In the interest of self-sustainability, selling to and assisting privateer Spyker teams will be important to Spyker Squadron's commercial viability. Last week, Spyker worked out a deal to sell its road car business to British CPP Global Holdings, netting a cool 32 million euros ($44,200,000). Spyker made the move to focus on rebuilding Saab, necessitating the deal. CPP Global Holdings paid 15 million euros ($20,700,000) up front, and is shelling out the last 17 million euros ($23,500,000) on a six-year payout schedule.

Spyker's best racing season came in 2009, when the C8 Laviolette GT2R took two second-place class finishes in the Le Mans Series. The car also claimed 5th in class and 25th overall in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For more on all the world debuts from Geneva, including more photos, videos and information, be sure to click over to our 2011 Geneva Motor Show coverage.

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FYI, Spyker is a Dutch brand, it has recently been sold to an English company but it has never been Swedish! Spyker's parent company bought Saab (which has its origins in Sweden) last year and has recently made the (imho curious) decision to sell their own car division to focus on (the potentially much more viable) Saab brand, but it has not moved its headquarters to Sweden just yet...

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