Oreca (organization, exploitation, competition cars; German organization, use, competition, automobiles) is a French motor racing team and race car manufacturer. It was founded in 1973 by Hugues de Chaunac. Oreca is predominantly in the sports car segment operates. Between 1984 and 1988, the company entered in Formula 2 or its successor series to Formula 3000. Team founder de Chaunac 1990 also worked for several months for the French Formula 1 team AGS.
After the team's first year was based in Paris, he moved in 1975 near the Magny -Cours. This year, the team also won the first major title in the Formula 2 with Jacques Laffite. With the support of major sponsors such as Elf and Marlboro, Oreca led many French driver in Formula 1, the team is considered talent, which, among other drivers like Jacques Laffite, Franck Montagny, Alain Prost, Patrick Tambay, Jean Alesi, Jacky Ickx Hubert Auriol and Yvan Muller has produced. There are few motorsport categories in which Oreca not started. They drove among others at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Dakar Rally.
In 1988 the team moved to the south of France to Le Castellet at the Circuit Paul Ricard. Hugues de Chaunac gave the company a new impetus by expanded its activities and further developed. Two new sectors were established. One was for the sale of spare parts and accessories and the commercialization of vehicle accessories and merchandising products that had reference to motorsport, is determined. This area quickly became the market leader in France. The second sector was involved in the organization of events for businesses or the public.
In the mid-90s Oreca reached a turning point. The development project for Chrysler Viper GTS -R with the Oreca gave the opportunity to develop in the direction of high -tech. It was established a new department for race car development. This is based on a research department for spare parts and racing car design and production department. Furthermore Oreca also produces a version of the Dodge Viper for the GT3 class.
Following the acquisition of Courage Compétition over 200 employees currently working in four different locations for Oreca, which has thus evolved from a racing team to a racing company. Production is in addition to the Courage LC70 for LMP1 class and the Courage LC75 for LMP2. In 2008, two of these were self- Oreca LC70 of used in the Le Mans Series.
But even before it was on the road with the prototypes. So we sat in 1977 for the first time a Renault Alpine A442 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but failed going to finish the race. Until 1981 followed with a BMW M1, the next episode in the World Sportscar Championship. Ten years later, in 1991, they returned with Mazda back in this championship. For two years, put one group C vehicles a type Mazda 787 and Mazda MXR -01. 1992 and 1993 was followed by a trip to the Peugeot 905 Spyder Cup.
2000 was then carried out for Chrysler to participate again in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For use came a 2KQ Reynard chassis with a Mopar baptized Chrysler engine. The following year, but then was achieved with a fourth place overall a respectable success. However, they switched to a Dallara chassis SP1. 2002 is now put to the commitment on their own continued, but with a Judd engine. After that, the sports car activity rested until 2005, when it began for an Audi R8 Audi France in Le Mans and in the Le Mans Endurance Series.
With the acquisition of the Battered chassis manufacturer Courage Oreca be committed in 2008 after several years in the GT class again with sports cars in the Le Mans Series. For the 2008 season, used the Oreca Courage LC70 Next Developed with the driver Olivier Panis and Nicolas Lapierre took the podium at the 1000 km of Spa. However, the good result was the only highlight of the season, and two more top -7- placement of the sister cars meant for both Panis and Lapierre and Soheil Ayari and Stéphane Ortelli for only midfield placings in the championship. Nevertheless Oreca sold during the winter break several cars to customer teams in the Le Mans Series. In addition, they constructed on the basis of the LC70 a sports car for the 2009 organized junior championship Formula Le Mans. In addition, the advanced car Oreca was the second championship race, the 1000 km race at Spa -Francorchamps, presented 01. At the last round of the season at Silverstone, the car drove for the first overall victory. The two successful pilots Oliver Panis and Nicolas Lapierre then flew together with Romain Dumas to Georgia. In addition to participating in the Petit Le Mans Oreca presented there, the Formula Le Mans car interested teams. It was also announced in a press conference the IMSA that these vehicles are advertised from 2010 in a separate class of the American Le Mans Series.