MWR Customer: Lotus Dakar

Presenting Team Lotus Dakar:
Monkeywrench Racing Featured Customer
The Team Lotus Dakar #22 car is driven by Paul Libens and Jean-André Collard
As the name would indicate, Team Lotus Dakar competes in Senegal, Dakar in severe endurance conditions.
We were contacted by Serge Libens early in 2010 with a problem he was having racing in these conditions. The engines in thier Lotus 2-Eleven cars were not holding up through a whole race.
We provided a pair of our “Racer Express” engines for him, including our MWR/Moroso Oil pan.
This is a critical part for our race as well as our street customers, the added capacity and most importantly the control provided by the special baffling provides for adequate oil supply to the sump during very severe racing conditions.
In the first Endurance Race, Car 22 went from DNF to fourth place
following a Porsche 964 RSR, a 996 Cup and a Ford Mustang
The Circuit de Dakar – Baobab is …

  • The first permanent circuit in West Africa
  • 4700 m to FIA standards
  • Minimum width: 12 meters
  • Width of the starting line: 15 meters
  • 21 bends
  • Lap record in 1’48”759 signed by Frederick Makowiecki Norma on June 21, 2008,
  • A site of 80 hectares in the heart of the African savanna
  • Location: at 60km south of Dakar and 20km from the resort of Saly
The Team Lotus Dakar #17 car is driven by Serge Libens and Thierry de Fierland
Both cars are now fitted with the new MWR 2.0 Stroker engine and are running strong for 2011 season
Serge Libens (left) and Jean-André Collard (Right)
The Famous Jacky Ickx (Mr LeMans) takes a turn behind the wheel of the #22 car
Team Lotus Dakar: (Left to Right) Jean-André Collard, Paul Libens, Thierry de Fierland and Serge Libens

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