The Aston Martin Racing team is returning to Le Mans to continue the development of its new AMR-One racecar in its first year. It will compete on the legendary 8.4-mile (13.6km) circuit after the company relaunched its Le Mans program this year with an innovative prototype sports car designed to make the best of the new technical regulations. These have attempted to balance the performance between diesel- and gasoline-engined competitors after Aston Martin retired from the series when it's gasoline engines were unable to compete with the diesel-powered racecars under the existing regulations. All that is carried over from the 2010 Aston Martin Le Mans entry is the iconic orange and blue livery of Gulf Oil.
The AMR-One features a new 2.0 liter straight six turbocharged engine designed and built by Aston Martin Racing. The new open-cockpit car was only given the green light in September 2010, and since then the team has been busy designing, building and developing the car for its most demanding challenge. The aim of the team at Le Mans will be to accumulate valuable experience and information to support its challenge for wins later in its three-year program.
As is traditional, Aston Martin will run the famous starting numbers of 007 and 009 on the two works-entered Gulf-liveried AMR-Ones.
Driving 007 car will be Darren Turner (GB) Stefan Mucke (D) and ex-F1 ace, Christian Klien (A).
Piloting the 009 car will be Harold Primat (CH), Andy Meyrick (GB) and Adrian Fernandez (MX).
The Aston Martin factory team will be joined by three customer teams, Kronos Racing in the LMP1 category with their V12-powered DBR1-2, Jota Sport with their GTE-Pro Vantage and Gulf AMR Middle East with their GTE-AM Vantage.