That would be the end of the Chrysler effort at Le Mans. The American giant packed up its bags, stickers and that MOPAR V8 and headed off back to the states, not to return until another ill-fated attempt with the modern Viper in 2014.
Dallara and partners Oreca continued competing with the LMP until 2005, gradually developing the now Judd-engined SP1s. Several SP1s were competed across the globe by teams in the ELMS and ALMS and it even competed at the Daytona 24 Hours and back at Sebring. But it would never taste victory before it was retired when the ACO changed the regulations and the Dallara became obsolete.
But one is still competing in its original form, and it does still look and sound great. Now it's in the hands of owner and car collector Florent Moulin, who regularly competes at Historic Sportscar Racing events. The car underwent a full restoration in 2012 back to its original spec and was then returned to its splendid 2001 livery. Now powered by a screaming 750bhp 4.0-litre Judd V10, the Chrysler was paraded at Le Mans in 2016 before the start of the 24 Hours – a triumphant return for a car that promised and deserved much more than it got.
Photography by Ben Miles.