Aston Martin Racing's new Le Mans challenger features open cockpit and six-cylinder turbo engine

Aston Martin Racing has unveiled its new Le Mans challenger, the LMP1.

The racer gets a bespoke six-cylinder, direct injection, intercooled, turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed semi automatic pneumatic shift ‘box, which is bolted to a carbon fibre chassis designed and manufactured by the company.

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Features of the Aston Martin Racing LMP1 include an open cockpit and, in line with new regulations for 2011, a new blade-fin.

A total of six AMR-Ones will be built with its driver line-up including Brits, Darren Turner – driving car number 007 - and Andy Meyrick – 009.

According to team principal George Howard-Chappell: “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 Le Mans entrants – our hopes are high that we’ll see the closest racing yet in the premiere LMP1 category.”

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