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Aston Martin Racing working on LMP1 prototype

Aston Martin’s new car intended for the Le Mans prototype racing program is slated to be powered by an all-new bespoke race engine. Aston Martin had been working with veteran chassis builder Lola to create a car powered by a race-ready version of its production V12.

However, they hit a problem when the current 6.0-liter twelve-cylinder was disallowed under the new Automobile Club de l’Ouest prototype rules that go into effect for 2011. Hence, there was a need for a new powerplant. Aston Martin chairman Dave Richards announced that financing for the new car has been lined up and that the company has begun work on a successor. This time though, the work is being done in-house. The engine will also be powered by gasoline. Aside from the new car getting a bespoke race engine, not much had been revealed. It was also reported that work on the new car has been ongoing for more than two months. However, the team chose not to run the new chassis in 2010 because the gas-diesel equivalency rules are still unfavorable.


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