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Old 10 Sep 2007, 10:51   #1
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Dome S102 development started, then ended, then started again (S102.5)

I have just found an article on the the Dome website ( www.dome.co.jp/news/news/dt_78b.html) that Dome have started the development of their totally new car, the S102. Of course it is a closed prototype. The shackdown is planned for spring 208. There is also a pic which show the ideas fro the engineers. The look will change after CFD and wind tunnel tests.
I say really good news ad an amazing car.

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Old 10 Sep 2007, 11:30   #2
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http://www.dome.co.jp/news/images/s102.jpg

There is a bigger version of their render. Looks pretty good. How competitive do we all think it will be?

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Old 10 Sep 2007, 12:31   #3
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Very intreesting looking car - lets hope they actually have the money to develop it into a viable alternative to the Lola option
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Jan Lammers says that Dome is in negotiations with a car manufacturer, so he doesn't know if he will get to race the Coupé with RfH.

http://www.projectlemans.de/content/view/3544/1/
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Old 10 Sep 2007, 14:11   #5
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I like it
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Old 10 Sep 2007, 14:25   #6
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Jan Lammers says that Dome is in negotiations with a car manufacturer, so he doesn't know if he will get to race the Coupé with RfH.

http://www.projectlemans.de/content/view/3544/1/
I doubt that this car will ever get built if that manufacturer money is not on-board. Let's hope that they are able to strike the deal!
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Old 10 Sep 2007, 15:05   #7
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Nice looking car.

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I doubt that this car will ever get built if that manufacturer money is not on-board. Let's hope that they are able to strike the deal!
They build the S101 without manufacturer support.
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Nice looking car.


They build the S101 without manufacturer support.
and the results are pretty clear!!
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The 101 was one of the fastest cars clocked each year at Le Mans.
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What I meant (sorry, I was a bit telegraphic) is that without solid support the project can end up like the 101/101.5 in the long run, even when the car is quick. They need a cash injection if you ask me.
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Your right, with the correct backing their is nothing to say it won't be a capable car. I hope. Variation is always welcome.
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Nice looks! I wonder how much it'll change between now and the first time it hits the track. Of all the closed-tops we've seen so far, this is surely one of the best looks-wise, isn't it?
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TBH, I think better funded teams need to do all they can to buy a factory chassis or engine, whether it be P1 or P2.

Only the Pescarolo and Lola are worth taking a risk on, the rest aren't particularly quick, and unforgivably, unreliable.
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TBH, I think better funded teams need to do all they can to buy a factory chassis or engine, whether it be P1 or P2.

Only the Pescarolo and Lola are worth taking a risk on, the rest aren't particularly quick, and unforgivably, unreliable.
The RfH Dome was always one of the best privateer cars (speed & reliability) at Le Mans. Since 2000 from all regular private LM teams it's in my opinion 2nd best behind Pescarolo. In this time period only two times a Lola finished in top 10.

RfH Dome results:
2001 DNF (engine)
2002 8th (best privateer)
2003 6th (2nd best privateer)
2004 7th (2nd best privateer)
2005 7th (2nd best privateer)
2007 DNF (crash)
2008 25th

Not bad for an underfunded team.

So at Le Mans I would prefer a Dome over a Lola. LM(E)S is another story....

I am convinced Dome is able to design and build a quick an reliable car. They only need one or more well funded teams to run the car.
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I think RfH would be a little disappointed in your prediction of 25th for next year already. But know something I/we don't know about next year, hope they find away to bring the new coupe for Dome for LM 2008, esp with a major manufacturer behind them.
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