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new cars: Aston Martin AMR-One (2011) Le Mans race

Aston Martin Racing AMR-One (2011) the new Le Mans 24hrs racer

Aston Martin AMR-One (2011) Le Mans racer

By Ben Pulman
First Official Pictures
02 March 2011 00:01

This is the incredible Aston Martin AMR-One racer. Built to the latest Le Mans regulations by Aston Martin Racing, the LMP1-spec AMR-One features an open-cockpit chassis design and a 2.0-litre straight six engine.

Hang on! This Aston Martin AMR-One LMP1 racer car has a 2.0-litre engine?

That’s right. New-for-2011 rules from the Le Mans governing body, the ACO, have focussed on smaller, more efficient engines; 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. It’s a bespoke engine for the AMR-One racer, and produces around 540bhp – last year’s V12 had at least 600bhp. The new engine is mid-mounted in the new chassis (on a steel frame for rigidity) and drives the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential Xtrac gearbox.
'We have chosen to run with a six cylinder turbocharged engine because we believe this offers the best potential within the petrol engine regulations,' explained Aston Martin Racing’s team principal George Howard-Chappell. '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.' In other words, Aston might finally have a chance against the previously dominant Audis and Peugeots. 

And this new chassis – wasn’t Aston Martin previous Le Mans car a closed-cockpit racer

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