Aston Martin AMR-One LMP1 Ready to Tackle Le Mans 2011

The Aston Martin Racing team is currently making final preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race on June 11-12, with the focus on the new AMR-One LMP1 prototype race car. Powered by a newly-developed 2.0-litre straight six turbo-charged engine, the AMR-One open-cockpit car was only given the green light in September 2010.

The team will be running the famous starting numbers of 007 and 009 adorning the two works-entered Gulf liveried AMR-Ones. Driving the 007 car will be Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke, and newly joined ex F1 ace, Christian Klien. Piloting the 009 car will be Harold Primat, Andy Meyrick and Adrian Fernandez (MX).

There will also be three customer teams competing: Kronos Racing in the LMP1 category with their V12 powered DBR1-2, Jota Sport with their GTE-Pro Vantage and Gulf AMR Middle East with their GTE-AM Vantage.

“Time has not been on our side in the build up to Le Mans, however we have made significant progress since our first outing with the car at Paul Ricard in April. We have recently come back from a test in Monza where the engine has demonstrated better reliability, and our drivers have reported very positively on the car’s balance and handling,” Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell said in a statement.

“We won’t be pushing the car to its maximum potential this weekend, as we need to build up to that. It’s a three year programme; we’re in the early stages of the car’s birth so it will be nice if we can run reliably; the performance will come later,” he added.
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