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 |  Mar 12 2014, 7:32 AM

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Perrinn myTeam is a project founded by Nicolas Perrin in hopes of competing in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race with an open source race car.

“From my extensive time in F1 and even when I was designing sports cars for others, I saw how secretive motorsport really is, preventing fans, enthusiastic students and engineers from getting involved and learning,” said Perrin. “ ”It doesn’t have to be like that.”

The open source Le Mans race car project is open to the general public and participants can contribute and follow along with the race car’s development process online. All of the project’s details including drawings, CAD models and finances will all be visible and everyone will be able to provide input on livery, team clothing, driver as well as suspension and aerodynamic development.

Perrin, who previously competed in the International Le Mans 24 Hour Karting race, has an impressive past having worked as a race engineer for Courage for three years before joining the Williams F1 team as a race performance engineer and aerodynamic engineer for six years.

“We can create a true ‘people’s team’ and by opening everything up, we aim to not only build up a fan base that gets involved to improve the car but also attract backers who share our values,” he said. “We are not an established brand, so we have to do something different. This is a very different way but I believe we can, together get a result.”

Though it’s not being crowd funded, Perrin is hoping to attract investors as he aims to gather up $14.2 million in funds over the next two years for the LMP1 project. According to the Perrinn myTeam website, work on the race car has already begun with a full set of blueprints for the hybrid all-wheel-drive racer.