Aston Martin fans are all excited to see the carmaker take part once more in the much-awaited 2011 Le Mans 24 Hour race, this time with a new LMP1 race car wrapped in Gulf Oil livery. Featuring an Aston Martin open cockpit monocoque chassis as well as a new race engine, the new LMP1 is all set to take on the competition comprised of tough race cars made for speed and durability.
These cars, as well as the Aston Marton LMP1, are all compliant with the new Automobile Club De L’Ouest (ACO) technical regulations for 2011. Aston Marton's LMP1 petrol race car has been designed to optimize ACO’s stringent regulations.
Currently, Aston Martin's team of engineers has been putting all efforts to the new engine and chassis of the new LMP1 race car, working diligently at Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, United Kingdom. Aston Martin will only produce six examples of the LMP1, the first of which will debut in early 2011.
Aston Martin tasted its first and only win at Le Mans in 1959, fielding a DBR1 piloted by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby. Established in 2004, Aston Martin Racing has been a regular figure and one of the top brands in the world of endurance racing, with the factory and customer teams logging wins.
These wins include two GT1 class victories at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008, as well as an overall Le Mans series victory in 2009. Ulrich Bez, chief executive of Aston Martin, remarked that racing is a fundamental part of the carmaker's heritage, adding that a victory at Le Mans is the dream of any sports car maker.
He noted that while the new LMP1 car is designed and built for racing, Aston Martin is still committed to developing race-winning GT cars derived from its road-going cars. He also noted that Aston Martin is the only carmaker offering a race car for every category from GT1 to GT4.
On the other hand, Aston Martin Chairman David Richards, said that despite the GT wins in Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 and the Le Mans Series victory in 2009, Aston Martin remains focused on its intent to grab the 24 Hour race overall title.
He remarked that in the past years, petrol cars cannot compete on equal terms against their diesel rivals. He noted that that with regards to the adoption of stringent 2011 ACO regulations, the performance of new petrol and diesel cars will have to be properly balanced. It is due to these circumstances that Aston Martin decided to have a purpose-built racing chassis and engine.