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AER INTRODUCES THE P60B ENGINE FOR THE 2018 WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

P60B_photo Screen

BASILDON, ESSEX (17 November 2017) – Advanced Engine Research, Ltd (AER) today introduced to the motorsport community the successor to its successful P60 LMP1-L engine. The P60B, which features substantial technical upgrades developed over the course of the past year, builds on the design of the V6 GDI P60, the engine powering the winners of the Endurance Trophy for Privateer LMP1 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the FIA World Endurance Championship and class victories both years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

AER congratulates BR Engineering on the launch of their all new LMP1-L chassis at Bahrain and is proud to support SMP Racing in the forthcoming 2018-2019 WEC Super Season.

Like its predecessor, the new P60B is a very compact, lightweight twin-turbocharged GDI V6 and specifically designed for peak fuel optimization and the FIA WEC in the LMP1-L class.

“AER’s LMP1 engine has been in a state of constant development since its inception in 2013,” said Mark Ellis, the company’s technical director, noting that AER have gained huge experience from testing, racing, and dynamometer development in the past three years. “But the specific, integrated package of upgrades we’ve been working on since this past January represents a sufficient step forward that it warrants the change in nomenclature. The P60B incorporates improvements that make it a step up from the P60 in terms of both performance and reliability that’s required for continued success in endurance racing.”

According to Ellis the most prominent of the optimised component specifications include implementation of updates to the high-pressure fuel system, cylinder head casting, scavenge system/oil tank, ignition system and engine calibration.

“Following impressive dyno test results, the first P60B was delivered to a customer last month,” Ellis said. “AER have since built several P60Bs in support of track-testing, as well as the 2018-2019 racing super season.”

Ellis noted that as a complement to endurance track-testing, AER is undertaking constant in-house dynamometer testing that substantially exceeds the demands of the Le Mans 24-hour race’s duration.

Mike Lancaster, AER’s Managing Director, noted the larger technical and organisational context of the introduction of the P60B. “This has been done in parallel with heavy investment in AER’s facilities in 2017, and in support of AER’s planned and future racing activities. All of our clients are now benefiting from this program and those benefits will only increase with the passage of time.”

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Mazda and AER Aim for Third Straight IMSA WeatherTech Podium Finish

Watkins Glen IMSA 2017

BASILDON, ESSEX (7 July 2017) – Following strong podium finishes in the Detroit and Watkins Glen rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Mazda Prototype team rolls into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) outside of Toronto this weekend for the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix looking for a third consecutive podium.

The two-car Mazda team posted fast lap times in this past Sunday’s six-hour race at Watkins Glen International, which bodes well for the similarly fast and smooth Canadian track, where the throttle is wide-open for 70% of the 2.459-mile lap. That will be a challenge for AER’s Mazda MZ-2.0-T engines, while high-speed, high G-force corners provide test the physical strength and endurance of the drivers.

“The thing that is most physically demanding is the length of the corners and the speed of the corners,” said Tristan Nunez, driver of the No. 55 Mazda Prototype. “You’re pulling such heavy G-loads around the track, and 70 percent of the track is at full throttle, so that gives you an idea of how fast the corners really are at CTMP. It takes a toll on the driver. Every year I’ve been there, I walk away feeling pretty sore. I’ve been training ahead of time, but nothing compares to the forces you take when you’re in the car.”

For the whole story on Mazda’s preparation for this weekend’s race in Canada, click here. And for the details of the team’s strong performance at Watkins Glen, click here.

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AER POWERS MAZDA PROTOTYPE TO FIRST PODIUM AT LONG BEACH IMSA

Long Beach Grand Prix

BASILDON, ESSEX (9 April 2017) – A smart drive by Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito with just the right mix of aggression and discretion yielded a third-place finish for the new Mazda RT24-P in Saturday afternoon’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. This marked the first podium finish in the for the Mazda Motorsports team in the young 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

“You have to be so flexible with the race environment,” Bomarito noted following the race. “Its risk vs reward. You don’t want to lose to the cars in front of you but you can’t take a big chance. Some took chances today and you saw their cars in the wall.”

While Bomarito and Nunez were kept busy dodging spinning and crashing cars, one thing they didn’t need to worry about was the performance of their AER designed, manufactured and supported Mazda MZ-2.0-T engines.

“Everyone at AER has worked tirelessly to make sure the engine is one factor the team doesn’t have to be concerned about,” noted Mike White, AER’s North American Programs Manager. “Mazda’s North American headquarters is about 30 minutes south of Long Beach, so it was particularly satisfying to contribute to our client’s success at its hometown track.”

For Racer.com’s coverage of the race click here.