The Gulf Oil International sponsored and liveried Aston Martin AMR-One is a new open-top LMP1 race car featuring a 2.0 liter turbocharged six-cylinder direct injection petrol engine which has been developed for a new bespoke carbon fiber chassis designed and manufactured by Aston Martin Racing.
“We have been through a tough development phase since unveiling the car in late February. Since then we have performed a shakedown at Fen End and Snetterton and conducted a first test at Dijon-Prenois in France with more work being required to get ourselves up to a competitive position," Aston Martin Racing team principal, George Howard-Chappell said in a statement for the press.
“Initial feedback from the drivers is very positive with reports of good stability, brake and mechanical feel. Paul Ricard will be our first real-world test, and we aim to learn as much as possible about the new car. This is the very start of a two year program and we aim to become competitive as quickly as possible,” he added.
Qualifying will take place on Saturday with the GT cars challenging from 13:45 – 14:05 and the LMP1s from 14:15 – 14:35. The six-hour endurance special begins at midday on the Sunday.
In addition to the AMR-One, two official partner teams will be fielding their Vantage GT2s in the GTE category for the first time.