Aston Martin revealed its new LMP1 Le Mans racer and it’s a bit of a shock really, because instead of the 6.0 liter V12 engine, it uses a 2.0 liter straight-six turbocharged unit!
Aston apparently decided that downsizing is a better idea than going diesel or hybrid with the new race car. It might be just a 2.0 liter, but it delivers nearly 540 bhp which is fairly enough for a prototype racer that weighs around 900 kg. But is it a match for the monstrous Audi and Peugeots?We will soon fin out as the car is scheduled for a full season of ILC and also Le Mans 24-hour.
Aston’s driver line up for 2011 includes 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.
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
Minimum weight 900Kg