AER’s Mazda MZ-2.0T Flawless at Daytona

24 Hours of Daytona

BASILDON, ESSEX (3 February 2017) – While chassis-related teething problems meant the final standings for last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona failed to reflect the potential of the new Mazda RT24-P IMSA DPi chassis, the Mazda MZ-2.0T engines (designed, manufactured and supported by Advanced Engine Research) in the pair of IMSA Dpi prototypes never missed a beat in practice and qualifying and then ran trouble-free for a combined 1,000 laps – 3,560 miles – during the race the opening race of the 2017 WeatherTech Sportscar series.

Although some early press reports misidentified an engine failure as the cause of the retirement of one of the SpeedSource team’s cars, in fact the engine correctly shut itself off when it sensed low oil pressure following a chassis-side oil-line rupture.

“At the end of last season we committed to an enhanced development program for the MZ-2.0T,” said AER Managing Director Mike Lancaster. “Because changes in IMSA’s technical regulations meant all-new chassis designs for 2017, we wanted to be sure we were providing our client with the most reliable possible engines so the team could focus on working out the inevitable bugs that come with a brand-new car. All of us at AER are pleased we were able to successfully deliver that to SpeedSource and Mazda.”

An initial clutch and transmission failure dropped the #70 SpeedSource car down the running order and a recurrence of the gearbox problem stopped the car with 30 minutes remaining in the 24-hour race. The retirement of the #55 car was more spectacular. Chafing of a chassis-side oil line while the car was running in fifth place overall led to a substantial oil leak and subsequent fire.

“These are the sorts of things that happen with new cars,” said Mike White, AER’s manager of North American programs. “We know the team will be working hard in the six weeks between now and the 12-hour race next month at Sebring, and we are committed to providing them with reliable and powerful engines.”

Practice for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring opens on March 12 and the day-into-night race runs on Saturday, March 18.

White also noted that the week prior to Sebring the Indy Lights series, top step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder program, will open its 2017 season in Florida at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, following open tests at Homestead Speedway late this month and early next. This marks the third season that AER has supplied the 450-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R leased engines used by all competitors in the series-specified Dallara IL-15. “As part of our commitment to providing a cost-effective program for the series and the teams that race in it, the MZR-R was designed and developed to run without maintenance, other than regular oil and coolant changes, the entire 16-race season plus additional test days.”


Mark Ellis Appointed Technical Director of Advanced Engine Research

BASILDON, ESSEX (25 January, 2017) – Dr. Mark Ellis has been named to the newly-created position of Technical Director for Advanced Engine Research, Ltd. Ellis, whose relationship with AER goes back to 2009, has most recently held the title of Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering at London South Bank University, while maintaining a consulting relationship with AER. He will be responsible for technical leadership within the company, including reliability and performance development. Ellis will have a significant role in business strategy as well as development of future engine projects. He will also have line management responsibility for engineering personnel and will lead design, simulation, performance-development, and engine-testing.

“Mark’s return to full-time status with AER represents another step forward for our company,” said AER managing director Mike Lancaster in making the announcement. Lancaster noted that Ellis’ longtime integrated involvement in the academic and professional engineering worlds gives him a rare perspective and approach to the challenges inherent in motorsport.

“In his new role Mark will be a key contributor to AER’s growth, while fulfilling our commitment to maintaining the ‘small-company’ benefits of flexibility; rapid response times to new engine projects and requests; technical capability across the board; personal face-to-face customer experience; and expanding our company’s capabilities in new markets across the world.”

“I am very pleased to be returning to a full-time role at AER,” Ellis said. “Many aspects of AER’s business have improved greatly during recent times. I already have a good working relationship with many among the current staff and huge respect for the staff’s individual and collective expertise, professionalism and overall capability. These existing positive relationships will permit me to immediately focus on leading our programs for both engine performance development and reliability.”

Ellis first joined AER in January, 2009 and was later named the company’s Chief Engineer. During his tenure in that position Ellis was involved with a number of major projects, including one for an F1 client for the design, manufacture and testing of a prototype engine to evaluate proposed Formula 1 turbocharged engine rules. He also oversaw the evolution of the existing P70 and P80 Le Mans Prototype-class engines.

Expanding on Lancaster’s remarks, Ellis noted that “Throughout my career I have been involved in industry and academia, to the mutual benefit of both types of organization. I have been able to bring relevant and up-to-date examples of work and case-studies from Industry to the lecture room whilst working in academia, which in turn has continually reinforced my theoretical knowledge and awareness of state-of-the-art processes which I’ve then been able to bring back into industry.

“I have been exposed to various engineering disciplines through academic work and colleagues,” Ellis continued, “some different to those normally encountered in a race-engine company. A broader awareness of engineering has proved beneficial in addressing potential solutions to engineering problems in the workplace. At the same time, I have been fortunate to have worked with many talented engineers and technicians in motorsport, and have learnt greatly from them.”

In remarks following his appointment, Ellis made several points about the advantages AER offers the motorsport community, including the company’s ability to offer high-end technology mechanical and electronic systems at competitive prices.

“The company is practically unique for its size in having the technical capability in design, simulation and test to be able to undertake clean-sheet design engine products, whilst supported by dedicated manufacturing and build capability,” Ellis said, noting the company’s history in top-level motorsport – it’s products have been competing on race tracks and in the marketplace since 1999 – and its excellent reputation among its peers in the industry. He further noted that AER’s sister company, Life-Racing, enables AER to offer integrated packages, including not just ECU, data-acquisition, and engine looms, but also full chassis integration. This allows a degree of mechanical and electrical performance development normally only exploited by much larger organizations.

Ellis is a chartered mechanical engineer whose qualifications, in addition to 20 years professional experience, include BEng(Hons), PhD CEng and FIMechE. He and his family reside near Basildon, Essex.




BASILDON, ESSEX (November 19, 2016) – With the championship title already in hand, REBELLION Racing finished the FIA World Endurance Championship season on a high note in Bahrain. With a performance emblematic of the team’s five year domination of the LMP1 Privateer class, the #13 Rebellion R-One AER won the last race of the season, the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

It was a flawless performance, with no on-track incidents or technical issues interrupting the Rebellion R-One #13 AER car’s march to the chequered flag. Alexandre Imperatori, Dominik Kraihamer and Mathéo Tuscher secured the class victory by four laps over the second-place ByKolles #4 car, while placing seventh place overall.

“It’s fantastic that the last race for the R-One played out so well,” said team manager Bart Hayden. “No problems at all, great driving and smooth pit stops made it almost feel easy. The three seasons with the R-One cars have been very rewarding for Rebellion Racing, we’ve won many races and all the Championships. We’ve worked with different technical partners over the years, but this season’s success is shared by Dunlop tyres and Advanced Engine Research.”

The Bahrain race not only marked the finale of the 2016 season, but the conclusion of REBELLION’s five-year tenure in the LMP1 Privateer class. For 2017 the team turns its attention to the LMP2 class.

From the start until the sixth hour of the race, the Rebellion R-One #13 drivers built and extended their advantage over the ByKolles #4 car with a strong and safe pace. The right strategy from the pit wall and faultless pit stops from the crew helped to make the last race of the Rebellion R-One LMP1 car a perfect farewell and an illustration of the dominance of the Swiss team in the LMP1 Privateer category since 2012.

During the 2016 FIA WEC season, REBELLION Racing won eight of the nine races, including two overall podiums, a win at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours and secured eight pole positions along the way. Rebellion Racing won their fifth straight FIA WEC Endurance Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams, winning in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. It’s an achievement that the whole team is proud of.

After starting 22 races since 2014, the Rebellion R-One cars will now head to the museum. Developed and built in association with ORECA, the Rebellion R-One cars have claimed 19 LMP1 Privateer victories and have been crowned three times as winners of the FIA World Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateers from 2014 to 2016 (to add to the two titles that Rebellion Racing had won previously with their Lola cars in 2012 and 2013).

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