Can Aston Martin end diesel dominance with all new AMR-One?

Aston Martin Racing today unveiled the car that it hopes can end the diesel monopoly on sportscar racing; the all new AMR-One.

The car will race in the LMP1 class, the top tier of sportscar racing, and the team confirmed that they will feature one car at each round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, with a second car on the grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

It is interesting that Aston have decided to use an open cockpit whereas Audi and Peugeot will both race with closed coupes in the coming season. AMR technical director, George Howard-Chappell has said however that the car features “a number of interesting solutions.” The AMR-One will be powered by a two litre straight six engine that the team hope will allow them to take advantage of the new engine regulations designed to achieve parity between petrol and diesel powered cars.

In recent years the squad have used a Lola designed chassis powered by an Aston V12 and so the move to develop the entire car is clearly a big step for Aston to take.

Speaking to Autosport at the launch of the car David Richards, chairman of AMR, was keen to say that Aston are committed to sportscar racing and “not just in LMP. We will shortly be announcing a new GT3 car and have the GT4 cars rolling out at a rate of approximately one a week.”

Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke will continue to lead the driver line-up with Adrian Fernandez, Harold Primat and Andy Meyrick will join them at Le Mans.

When Aston returned to Le Mans a few years ago there was much hype about their future potential. Now with their own brand new race car it is clear that the time has come for Aston to challenge the dominance of Audi and Peugeot. It is a long road to the top of the mountain but their trek will be one of the most monitored of any sportscar team.

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