Perrinn has abandoned plans to build a LMP1 non-hybrid car for the FIA World Endurance Championship, instead shifting focus to an all-electric semi-autonomous prototype as a potential future Garage 56 entry at Le Mans.
The UK-based constructor, which announced in May that it sold two cars for the 2018 WEC season, has put a halt on the program after not receiving payments from its contracted customer, according to Nicolas Perrin.
It’s understood the deal, spearheaded by Frank van Nunen, was to see alleged backing from the Renault-owned Dacia brand and low-cost airline Wizz Air, both of which did not materialize by Perrin’s deadline.
“It’s hard to accept but we’re going to move on,” Perrin told Endurance-Info. “I do not have all the information.
“What I know is that we signed a contract in May for two cars. The first transfer order came in June but the money was not paid.
“The project had already started with several people working full time. I think there are still chances that the client will be present in 2018 but not with Perrinn.”
Perrin has instead moved his attention to a new electric prototype project, with the aim of being on the grid at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019, as the Garage 56 entrant.
The “Project 424” concept entails an all-electric prototype, based on its LMP1 design, that would also include an autonomous driving mode.