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AER’S NEW LMP-1 ENGINE RUNS STRONGLY IN FIJI 6-HOUR ROUND OF WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

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Chassis Fire Halts P60s Successful Run in Japan:

 

BASILDON, ESSEX (October 13, 2014) – With just over an hour remaining in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Fuji, the #9 Lotus CLM P1/01 was headed for what might have been a class victory, its Advanced Engine Research P60 twin-turbo V-6 LMP1 engine performing flawlessly; unfortunately the Lotus caught fire out on the course at 5 five hours race distance. Christophe Bouchut, who was behind the wheel at the time, was fortunate to make it back to the entrance of pit lane, where the pit crews from Lotus and its primary on-track class rival, Rebellion Racing, managed to extinguish the blaze.

 

“To have such a strong run end like this is disappointing,” said Andrew Saunders, Engineering Manager for AER, who was in the pits at the time of the incidence. “The Lotus was running second in class at the time and Rebellion’s leading car later made a several-lap pit stop, which would likely have put the Lotus into a leading position.”

 

Saunders noted that the engine and chassis were both extensively equipped with sensors and that an analysis of the data indicated that the root cause of the fire was a failure to the car’s low- pressure fuel system. None of the P60 engine’s vital ancillary components were damaged. “Everyone is disappointed, of course, because it seems this issue cost us a possible class victory and an almost definite 2nd second place finish, in addition to the cost of the damage sustained to the car and engine. From our perspective, having the P60 in a position to fight for a win in just its second race would have been excellent. We remain encouraged by the progress of the package and the unlocked potential for further progress, and look forward to coming races.”

 

Reflecting on the bigger picture, Saunders said he was pleased with the performance of the new engine. “The P60 hit all of its performance targets,” Saunders said. “This engine has been fitted since the debut test of the Lotus LMP1 in July, now havingand has now covered several thousand kilometres at race pace without fault. Once again here at Fuji Speedway the engine ran flawlessly in practice, qualifying and the race. This engine is designed for the WEC LMP1 class, it delivers high power for the mandated available fuel and in parallel produces excellent fuel economy. The 3 three drivers, Christophe, James (Rossiter) and Pierre (Kaffer) were very complimentary about the engine’s performance and drivability.”

 

The next round of the WEC is at Shanghai, October 31 – November 2.

 

 

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AER’S NEW LMP-1 ENGINE MAKES FLAWLESS DEBUT IN CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS ROUND OF WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

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P60’s Perfect Performance in Texas:

 

BASILDON, ESSEX (September 23, 2014) – The competition debut of any brand new racing engine is always an anxious event for the powerplant’s creators. So there were broad smiles on the faces of the Advanced Engine Research staff on site and back in England when the checkered flag waved last Saturday evening at the conclusion of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. AER’s P60 twin-turbo V-6 privateer LMP1 engine never missed a beat as it powered the #9 Lotus CLM P1/01 entry to second place among non-factory LMP1 entries in a demanding race that included a rain-induced red flag during the second hour.

 

“This was a very encouraging debut for the P60,” said Andrew Saunders, AER’s engineering manager. “The engine was faultless and we learned a great deal over the course of the weekend. The potential for the engine is massive and we are all very enthusiastic about further progress in coming events.”

 

The P60’s performance was particularly impressive in wet conditions throughout the weekend in Austin. The Lotus was turning laps that were as fast, and sometimes faster than, those of the factory-entered LMP1-class Audis, Porsches and Toyotas. According to Christophe Bouchot, who shared the Lotus driving duties with James Rossiter and Lucas Auer, this was due in large part to smooth power delivery of the P60.

 

“The engine power is very good and driveability is excellent,” said Bouchot, who noted that his assessment was shared by co-drivers Rossiter and Auer.

 

AER’s Saunders credits the P60’s Life Racing ECU mapping for producing the driver-friendly torque curve that helped make the Lotus controllable in adverse weather conditions. It’s also testimony to the efficacy of the P60’s direct fuel injection system, a challenging technology that AER has mastered in recent years and applied in the P60.

 

The P60’s successful debut in Austin highlights AER’s reputation as a race-engine design and manufacturing company that employs leading-edge technology to produce high output powerplant solutions that are lightweight, reliable and competitive. In addition to furnishing engines for the upcoming new-generation Indy Lights car and now developing the latest LMP-1 engine, AER supplies the P57 V6 3.4-liter naturally aspirated-engines for the GP3 series.

 

The Lotus team, which currently stands second in LMP1-L points, plans to run the P60 in the season’s four remaining WEC events: six-hour races at Fuji, Japan; Shanghai, China, Bahrain and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

“We established a great baseline this past weekend in Austin,” Saunders said. “And the P60’s performance will only improve as we continue to race it over the remainder of the season.”

 

 

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AER’S P63 INDY LIGHTS ENGINE CONTINUES TO EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

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AER’s P63 Indy Lights Engine Continues to Exceed Expectations

 

BASILDON, ESSEX September, 8, 2014 – Verizon IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and newly crowned 2014 Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves became the latest drivers to put the 2015 Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights car through its paces at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway September 5th and 6th. The IL-15 chassis and Advanced Engine Research’s 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine continued to play to positive reviews from the rotating roster of experienced drivers as the extensive test program continued in preparation for the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season.

 

“The new Indy Lights testing program continues to impress with the new car gaining pace every day,” noted Mike Lancaster, Managing Director for AER. “It’s great for us at AER to see the choice of excellent drivers describing the car and engine combination as fast, fun and above all now relevant to the modern Indy Car series”.

 

Dixon, the 2000 Indy Lights champion and three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion, initiated the testing on the Speedway’s 2.4-mile road course. “The performance was very good with no problems. It is a fantastic stepping stone to IndyCar as far as the similarities and how the car drives. The engine and chassis are updated ten-fold over the last spec. It will definitely attract a lot of Europeans and even more Americans to the series.”

 

Hinchcliffe was also able to bring his perspective as a current IndyCar driver and 2010 Indy Lights champion to the test. “Everything ran smoothly and we did not have any reliability issues with the package. This is a good time to introduce a new chassis with a new turbo-charged engine for Indy Lights. Drivers are going to get a much better feel of what they will be moving up to – dealing with the latest in turbo-charged engines and higher downforce. For me, Indy Lights has always been a great tool to develop young drivers and really prepare them for IndyCar.”

 

Chaves tested the AER-powered Dallara IL-15 on the second day as it moved to the 2.5 mile oval. After a rain delay, Chaves unofficially broke the track record, turning a speed of 191.900 mph compared to Wade Cunningham’s 190.177 set on May 22, 2009. He turned 190 problem-free miles on the iconic oval.

 

Chaves won the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race in May at the Speedway and echoed the sentiments of all the drivers who have tested the new AER-powered car. “The engine feels quicker than the older one with a lot more torque initially and more power as well. The car just feels a lot more nimble because the engine is so much lighter. Overall the package is just incredibly much better.”

 

Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions which oversees Indy Lights and the Road to Indy, commented, “I never expected the development of a brand-new car to go this smoothly and I have to give full credit to Tony Cotman, project manager, and his team and our great partners including AER. I could not be more excited about the final product we will be offering our competitors.”