Aston Martin Racing announced its plans for the new 2011 season and unveiled a new ground-up LMP1 racecar – the AMR-One – as well as confirming the driver line-up and planned race program.
The Gulf-sponsored Aston Martin AMR-One is a new open-top LMP1 racecar featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine developed for a new carbon fiber chassis designed and manufactured by Aston Martin Racing.
Based on the 2011 regulations instigated by the Le Mans governing body (the ACO), Aston Martin Racing chose to change tack this year by designing an open cockpit car.
In line with the new rules, the AMR-One features the new blade-fin and has a significantly smaller engine in keeping with the championship’s efficiency regulations. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a six-speed, transverse semi-automatic, pneumatic shift, Xtrac racing transmission.
A total of six AMR-Ones will be built, with the factory team running one car in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, plis two cars at selected events. The AMR-One is linked to Aston Martin’s ultimate design and engineering showcase; the roadgoing One-77; both of which share similar philosophies featuring carbon fiber monocoques. As such, Aston Martin’s in-house design team worked closely with engineers at Aston Martin Racing to find the optimum balance between aesthetics and aerodynamics.
The driver line up for 2011 will consist of Darren Turner (GB) Stefan Mücke (D) and another driver yet to be announced, who will join the team piloting the 007 car. Adrian Fernandez (MX), Andy Meyrick (GB) and Harold Primat (CH) will drive the 009 car.
Team Principal George Howard-Chappell said: “We have chosen to run with a six cylinder turbocharged engine because we believe this offers the best potential within the gasoline-engine regulations. With the ACO’s commitment to effectively balance the performance of gasoline- and diesel-powered Le Mans entrants, we hope to see the closest racing yet in the premiere LMP1 category.
It is expected that Aston Martin Racing will contend selected races in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup with rounds in the United States (Petit Le Mans), Belgium (Spa), France (Le Mans), Italy (Imola), England (Silverstone) and China (TBC) and make its debut at Paul Ricard on the 1-3 April 2011.
The AMR-One is expected to test for the first time in early March.
Aston Martin Carbon Fiber Monocoque ‘open’ style construction, load bearing engine with steel frame to help rigidity. Configuration– Mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
In-line 6-cylinder, direct-injection, turbocharged and intercooled DOHC gasoline engine, 4-valves per cylinder, approx 540hp
6-speed Xtrac gearbox, transverse, semi-automatic pneumatic shift
double wishbone all-round, push-rod activated Koni dampers with third spring/damper, front and rear, front anti-roll bar
Rack and Pinion with electrical power assistance
to current LMP1 regulations developed via CFD in conjunction with Totalsim, including latest regulation fin
Full Cosworth electronics systems including engine ECU, data system and telemetry
Wheels and Tires: 36/71 x 18 front and 37/71 x 18 rear Michelin tires, mounted on TWS forged magnesium wheels
Brembo six-piston calipers front and rear, carbon 380mm diameter front, 355mm diameter rear rotors with carbon pads
Length 15.2ft Width 6.5ft
Minimum weight 1984 lb