Aston Martin Racing reveals AMR-One race car for new season

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 2, 2011

For the new season, Aston Martin Racing plans to unveil a new ground-up developed LMP1 race car, the AMR-One. During this announcement, Aston Martin Racing also confirmed the driver line-up and planned race program. The Gulf Liveried Aston Martin AMR-One, a new open-top LMP1 race car, features a 2.0 litre turbocharged six cylinder direct injection petrol engine. This engine was developed for a new bespoke carbon fibre chassis designed and built by Aston Martin Racing.

Under the new regulations for 2011 imposed by ACO, the Le Mans governing body, Aston Martin Racing has decided to change its approach this year in coming up with the design for an open cockpit car. In accordance with the new 2011 rules, the AMR-One features the new blade-fin.

And to comply with the championship’s efficiency focused regulations, its engine has been downsized. Power is distributed to the wheels via a six-speed transverse semi automatic pneumatic shift, Xtrac racing gearbox.

Six AMR-Ones will be built. One of which will join in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), which includes the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and two cars at chosen events.

The AMR-One has been linked to the road going One-77, Aston Martin’s ultimate design and engineering showcase. Both feature similar philosophies featuring carbon fibre monocoques. To achieve the optimum balance between aesthetics and aerodynamics, Aston Martin’s in-house design team cooperated with the engineers at Aston Martin Racing.

Aston Martin chief executive Ulrich Bez remarked that since the marque’s heritage is entrenched in endurance sports car racing, it will demonstrate in 2011 that a small team equipped with advanced design and engineering intelligence could be agile and competitive.

So far, Aston Martin’s drivers for 2011 include 007 car pilots Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke and a yet-to-be-announced driver and 009 car drivers Adrian Fernandez, Andy Meyrick and Harold Primat. Meanwhile, Team Principal George Howard-Chappell remarked that they equipped the AMR-One Race Car with a six cylinder turbocharged engine since this powerplant could provide the best potential within the petrol engine regulations.

He added that with the commitment of the ACO to balance the performance of petrol and diesel Le Mans racing cars, the team is optimistic that it would be at its best racing condition in the premiere LMP1 category. Aston Martin Racing is expected to take part in a number of races in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, including in the United States (Petit Le Mans), Belgium (Spa) and France (Le Mans), as well as in Italy (Imola), United Kingdom (Silverstone) and China (TBC).

The new AMR-One Race Car will have its racing debut at Paul Ricard on April 1-3, 2011. Aston Martin Racing chairman David Richards remarked that Howard-Chappell and his team have been working very hard to come up with a stunning race car that complies with the new ACO regulations. He noted that just like road cars, the AMR-One has been engineered to become a competitive and reliable endurance racer.

Press Release

New Aston Martin LMP1 race-car developed from ground up named AMR-One

Aston Martin Racing announces today its plans for the new season including the unveiling of a new ground-up developed LMP1 race car, the AMR-One, as well as confirming the driver line-up and planned race programme.

The Gulf Liveried Aston Martin AMR-One is a new open-top LMP1 race car featuring a 2.0 litre turbocharged six cylinder direct injection petrol engine which has been developed for a new bespoke carbon fibre chassis designed and manufactured by Aston Martin Racing.

Based on the new regulations for 2011 instigated by the Le Mans governing body; the ACO, Aston Martin Racing has chosen to change tack this year in designing an open cockpit car. In line with the new 2011 rules, the AMR-One features the new blade-fin and has a significantly down-sized engine in keeping with the championship's efficiency focused regulations. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a six-speed transverse semi automatic pneumatic shift, Xtrac racing gearbox.

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 famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and two cars at selected events. The AMR-One is linked to Aston Martin's ultimate design and engineering showcase; the road going One-77; both of which share similar philosophies featuring carbon fibre monocoques. Aston Martin's in-house design team worked closely with the engineers at Aston Martin Racing to find the optimum balance between aesthetics and aerodynamics.

Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: "Aston Martin's heritage is deeply rooted in endurance sports car racing, so in 2011, we take the next step demonstrating that a small team using advanced design and engineering intelligence will be agile and competitive."

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 be teaming up to drive the 009 car.

Aston Martin Racing Chairman, David Richards said: "George and the team have been extremely busy over the winter months and they have been working day and night to produce what is not only a stunningly beautiful race car but one which will use the new ACO regulations to best effect.

"Just like the road cars, the AMR-One has been elegantly engineered where simplicity runs throughout to produce what we expect to be a competitive and reliable endurance racer."

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 petrol engine regulations. With the ACO's commitment to effectively balance the performance of petrol and diesel Le Mans entrants – our hopes are high that we'll 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 AMR-ONE LMP1 Car Technical Specification

Chassis– Aston Martin Carbon Fibre Monocoque 'open' style construction, load bearing engine with steel frame to help rigidity.

Configuration– Mid engine rear wheel drive

Engine– In line 6 cylinder, direct injected, turbocharged and intercooled DOHC Petrol engine, 4 valves per cylinder. Approx 540bhp, 6 speed Xtrac

Gearbox– Bespoke 6 speed, transverse, semi automatic pneumatic shift, Xtrac racing gearbox

Suspension– All round double wishbone, push-rod activated Koni dampers with third spring/damper, front and rear. Front Anti roll bar

Steering– Rack and Pinion with electrical power assistance

Aerodynamics - to current LMP1 regulations developed via CFD in conjunction with Totalsim, including latest regulation fin.

Electronics– Full Cosworth electronics systems including engine ECU, data system and telemetry. Full military spec wiring harness and connectors.

Wheels and Tyres – Michelin tyres, 36/71 x 18 front and 37/71 x 18 rear mounted on TWS forged magnesium wheels.

Brakes– Brembo six pot calipers fitted front and rear, Carbon 380mm diameter front and 355mm diameter rear discs with carbon pads

Dimensions:

Length 4640mm

Width 1990mm

Wheelbase 2930mm

Minimum weight 900Kg

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