US-based performance engine manufacturer, Roush Yates have announced their intention to join the American Le Mans Series as an LMP2 engine supplier for the 2011 season.
Predominantly focused on Ford powerplants, Roush Yates will supply a single six cylinder engine based on Ford’s EcoBoost Turbo platform. In addition, the firm is also evaluating the potential of its existing V8 Mustang block for future LMP use.
Renowned LMP chassis constructor Lola has announced an agreement that will see the UK-based manufacturer provide compatibility for the package in both its open/closed cockpit future LMP offerings. As part of the agreement, the EcoBoost Turbo will be one of several engines available as a standard option to all Lola LMP2 customers.
John Maddox, Sports Car Program Manager for Roush Yates made the following statement:
“Everyone at Roush Yates Engines is excited to partner with such a prominent car constructor of LMP sports cars. We are proud to build exceptional engines to pair with Lola’s LMP2 design as we enter this innovative championship. Roush Yates Engines plans to use this opportunity to continue improving our technology and efficiency as we strive towards our goal of becoming world-class engine builders.”
The announcement marks Ford’s (albeit indirect) entrance to the ever growing list of LMP engine suppliers for the 2011 season.