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.