British motor-sport team Aston Martin Racing has taken the wraps off its new prototype challenger, the AMR-One.
Because of new LeMans rules, 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.
Say what ? 2.0-liter ? Yes! New rules – new engine. Audi has downsized from a V10 diesel to a V6 diesel, and Aston has made an even bigger step from a naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 to a direct injection and turbocharged 2.0-litre straight six. The new engine, which uses direct fuel injection, produces close to 540 bhp.
Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin said: “Racing is a fundamental part of Aston Martin’s heritage and Le Mans is the race that every true sports car maker aspires to win. While every aspect of this new LMP1 car has been built purely for racing, we also remain committed to developing race-winning GT cars based on our road cars. We are the only manufacturer to offer a race car for every category from GT1 to GT4.”
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
Minimum weight 900Kg