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Gulf & AMR Launch the AMR-One
Aston Martin launch the Gulf sponsored and liveried AMR-One LMP1 challenger, for all out assault on the Le Mans 24Hrs in 2011
Aston Martin Racing launches AMR-One
New Aston Martin LMP1 race-car developed from ground up, named AMR-One
• Aston Martin Racing works race cars lubricated with Gulf Competition products
|Gulf Oil International’s official motorsport partner, Aston Martin Racing (AMR) has announced its plans for the 2011 season with the unveiling of Aston Martin’s sensational new ground-up developed LMP1 race car, the AMR-One. Aston Martin Racing has also confirmed this year’s driver line-up, as well as its planned race programme.
The Gulf Oil sponsored and liveried AMR-One, is a new open-top LMP1 race car featuring a 2.0 litre turbocharged, in-line six cylinder and direct injection petrol engine. This has been developed for a new bespoke carbon fibre chassis, designed and manufactured by Aston Martin Racing.
Aston Martin Racing Chairman, David Richards said: “George (Howard-Chappell) and the team have been extremely busy over the winter months and they have been working day and night to produce what is not only a stunningly beautiful race car, but one which will use the new ACO regulations to best effect.’
|Based on the new regulations for 2011, instigated by the ACO (Le Mans’ governing body), Aston Martin Racing has chosen to change tack this year in designing an open cockpit car. In line with the 2011 rules, the AMR-One features a new central blade-fin behind the cockpit and has a significantly down-sized engine in keeping with the championship’s efficiency focused regulations. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a six-speed transverse, semi automatic, pneumatic shift, Xtrac racing gearbox.
Team Principal George Howard-Chappell said: “We have chosen to run with a six cylinder turbocharged engine because we believe this offers the best potential within the petrol engine regulations. With the ACO’s commitment to effectively balance the performance of petrol and diesel engines at Le Mans, our hopes are high that we’ll see the closest racing yet in the premiere LMP1 category.”
The factory team will be running one car in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) - the series that includes the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans - with two cars appearing at selected events. Aston Martin’s in-house design team worked closely with the engineers at Aston Martin Racing to find the optimum balance between aesthetics and aerodynamics, whilst making full use of Gulf’s distinctive blue and orange racing colours.
The driver line up for 2011 will consist of Darren Turner (GB) Stefan Mücke (D) and another driver yet to be announced, who will join the team piloting the 007 car. Adrian Fernandez (MX), Andy Meyrick (GB) and Harold Primat (CH) will be teaming up to drive the 009 car.
The AMR-One is expected to test for the first time in early March and will make its debut at Paul Ricard on the 1-3 April 2011.
Aston Martin Racing will contend selected races in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup with rounds in the United States (Petit Le Mans), Belgium (Spa), France (Le Mans), Italy (Imola), England (Silverstone) and China (TBC).
|Gulf Oil International Brand and Marketing Manager, Sam Cork was present to witness the unveiling of the new car and its driver line up. “The AMR–One is a superb looking machine and if it goes as good as it looks then Gulf and AMR will surely see more success coming their way in 2011. This year’s Gulf racing programme has already captured the imagination of Gulf affiliates around the world to an extent previously yet unseen. There are more opportunities than ever for Gulf’s official distributors to participate in our race programme. With the launch of the new race car and the fact that the AMR-One - and all Aston Martin Racing works race cars - will be running on Gulf Competition lubricants, I expect the level of interest to rise further still.”|
|The attached images show Aston Martin’s AMR-One Le Mans LMP1 contender. For moreinformation please contact Sam Cork at Gulf Oil International: sc@Gulfoilltd.com.