GTx: GT Racing’s Imminent Unification

After multiple years of global GT racing being governed by two independent sets of regulations, the FIA and ACO have declared plans to unify the sport under a single technical-regulatory banner, potentially from 2015 onwards.

As a collaborative effort between the FIA and ACO, the new category will seek to amalgamate the ACO’s GTE class with the FIA’s GT3 class, under a single set of technical regulations, with the aim of improving accessibility between series and events previously divided by regulatory circumstance.

If successful, the unified category will form the basis for a new, global GT racing standard, with potentially more support than any other before it.

Despite wavering health under global economic pressures, GTE remains the predominant domain for factory GT competition. | Image: Aston Martin Racing.

With economic factors cited as a primary motivation behind the decision, the technical working group formed to facilitate the change now faces imminent challenges in creating a scenario of regulatory circumstance which best serves the new category, and its diverse stakeholder interests.

While GTE and GT3 share more in common than at any other time during their period of coexistence, stakeholders from each camp reasoned their involvement under one rule set over another – by however minimal a margin – due to considered benefit or advantage, on the basis of certain ideology, practices, economic realities, or outcomes enabled by one class over its alternative.

It can be reasonably stated that, via the same rationale, should a unified class not sufficiently satisfy the requirements of these stakeholders (to a similar or greater standard than its preceding counterparts), there’s lesser likelihood of said stakeholders seeking involvement in the new enterprise – in similar or greater capacity – regardless of lacking immediate alternatives.

For this reason, there’s a justifiable element of uncertainty in whether unification of the two categories can, or should be enacted.

Image: ADAC GT Masters.

GT3’s regulatory approach, in balancing relative economic conservatism and technical extravagance, has proven popular amongst privateers and manufacturers, at national and regional levels of competition. | Image: ADAC GT Masters.

The primary differences between GTE (nee GT2) and GT3 had originally concerned the nature of efforts attracted by each category; the most fundamental difference being an independence in regulatory and administrative perspective, concerning the economic, technological and sporting factors which determine the nature, technical extravagance, and costs (associated with set-term employment) of equipment required for competition.

Changes in the global automotive environment brought about by both regional growth and worsening economic conditions have influenced a blurring of lines between the two classes (with regard to the above factors) which has, at times, seen their respective rule sets vying against one another for competitors of all traditional forms, and sustained vitality.

While the current scenario sees both classes exist – to a certain extent – in a state of similarity, with regard to the nature of competitors involved, and regulatory approach (as it concerns balancing competition) employed, the solution to issues facing either class isn’t necessarily that which works for its alternative.

The ALMS GTE field continues to yield the highest volume of consistent factory participation of any GT class, globally. | Image: Extreme Speed Motorsports.

Despite this blurring of lines having occurred, distinct (albeit, at times disregarded) elements to each category remain. GT2’s existence as an avenue of greater certainty (in technical-regulatory terms) formed the explicitly-defined foundations for the environment of the current GTE class, regardless of however far detached from original form it may be.

GT3 was, is, and cemented its existence in being, in broad terms, an answer to a similar, albeit less detailed or demanding question. As an alternative route of competition, GT3 offered what GT2 didn’t (or wouldn’t) – the class was, and still is (to an extent) serving specific interests.

Whether unifying GTE and GT3 is best serving in the interests of sportscar racing as a whole, or serving in the interests of select parties is, as with certain other imminent mergers, entirely dependent on implementation.

The more important question is perhaps whether a single category – for which GTE and GT3 serve as a foundational basis – can adequately address needs served by the existing two class system. Should the unified class not sufficiently satisfy the needs of its stakeholders; alternatives will emerge to fulfill those needs – at least, if precedent’s any indicator.

Advertisements

ILMC, LMS: Six Hours Silverstone entry list, event information.

ILMC_tag_tab

LMS_Tag_Tab

Six Hours Silverstone 201 event poster.

LMP1

  • 007 (ILMC) Aston Martin Racing – Lola-AMR – Fernandez/Primat/Klien
  • 1 (ILMC) Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDI – Bernhard/Fässler
  • 2 (ILMC) Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDI – Kristensen/McNish
  • 7 (ILMC) Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Davidson Pagenaud/Bourdais
  • 8 (ILMC) Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Montagny/Sarrazin
  • 12 (ILMC/LMS) Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60  Coupé-Toyota – Prost/Jani
  • 13 (LMS) Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60  Coupé-Toyota –  Belicchi/Boullion
  • 15 (ILMC) OAK Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues
  • 16 (LMS) Pescarolo Team –  Pescarolo-Judd – Collard/Tinseau/Jousse
  • 23 (LMS) MIK Corse – Zytek 09 Hybrid – Cortes/Geri/Piccini
  • 24 (ILMC) OAK Racing –  OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Nicolet/TBA/TBA

LMP2

  • 26 (ILMC) SignaTech Nissan – Oreca 03-Nissan – Mailleux/Ordoñez/Ayari
  • 33 (ILMC) Level5 Motorsports – HPD ARX-01g – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa
  • 35 (ILMC) OAK Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Barlesi/Da Rocha/Lafargue
  • 36 (LMS) RML – HPD ARX -01d – Newton/Erdos//Collins
  • 39 (LMS) PeCom Racing – Lola B11/40-Judd – Companc/Russo/Kaffer
  • 40 (LMS) Race Performance – Oreca 03-Judd – Frey/Meichtry/Rostan
  • 41 (LMS) Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN-Nissan – Ojjeh/Kimber-Smith/Lombard
  • 42 (LMS) Strakka Racing – HPD ARX-01d – Leventis/Watts/Kane
  • 43 (LMS) RLR MSport – MG Lola EX265-Judd – Gates/Hughes/Garofall
  • 44 (LMS) Extreme Limite AM – Norma M200P-Judd – Rosier/Basso
  • 45 (LMS) Boutsen Energy Racing – Oreca 03-Nissan – Kraihamer/Ebbesvik
  • 46 (LMS) TDS Racing – Oreca 03-Nissan – Beche/Thiriet/Firth

GTE-PRO

  • 51 (ILMC/LMS) AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Fisichella/Bruni
  • 55 (ILMC) BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Farfus/Müller
  • 56 (ILMC) BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Priaulx/Alzen
  • 58 (ILMC) Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Jakubowski/Beltoise/Marroc
  • 59 (ILMC) Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Ortelli/Makowiecki
  • 64 (ILMC) Lotus JetAlliance – Lotus Evora – Rich/Lichtner-Hoyer/Hansson
  • 65 (ILMC) Lotus JetAlliance – Lotus Evora – Rossiter/Mowlem/Wenglinger
  • 66 (LMS) JMW Motorsport – Ferrari F458 Italia – Bell/Walker
  • 70 (LMS) Kessel Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Broniszewski/Peter
  • 71 (LMS) AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Melo/Vilander
  • 75 (LMS) ProSpeed Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Goossens/Holzer
  • 76 (LMS) IMSA Performance – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Pilet/Henzler
  • 77 (LMS) Felbermayr-Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Lieb/Lietz
  • 79 (LMS) JOTA – Aston Martin Vantage – Hancock/Dolan
  • 89 (LMS) Hankook Team Farnbacher – Ferrari F458 Italia – Farnbacher/Simonsen

GTE-AM

  • 50 (ILMC) Larbre Competition – Corvette C6-ZR1 – Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel
  • 57 (ILMC) Krohn Racing – Ferrari F430 – Krohn/Jönsson/Rugolo
  • 60 (ILMC) Gulf AMR Middle East – Aston Martin Vantage – Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright
  • 61 (ILMC/LMS) AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Perazzini/Cioci/Lémeret
  • 62 (ILMC) CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Ehret/Lynn/Wills
  • 63 (ILMC) Proton-Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Roda/Long
  • 67 (LMS) IMSA Performance – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Armindo
  • 82 (LMS) CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Hummel/Christodoulou/Quaife
  • 88 (LMS) Team Felbermayr-Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Felbermayr Jr/Ried

FLM

  • 91 (LMS) Hope Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Moro/Graves/TBA
  • 92 (LMS) Neil Garner Motorsport – Oreca FLM-09 – Hartshorne/Keating/Keen
  • 93 (LMS) Genoa Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Mitchell/Grogor/Kronfli
  • 95 (LMS) Pegasus Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Schultis/Simon/Schell
  • 99 (LMS) JMB Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – TBA/TBA/TBA

LMP1: 11  LMP2: 10  GTE-PRO: 15  GTE-AM: 9  FLM: 5 Total: 50

Coverage information:

Weekend schedule.

 – Live video:

 – Live audio (Radio Le Mans).

 Live timing.



LM24: Porsche announces Le Mans return for 2014.

The 917K sports 5000 prototype of KG Salzburg; Porsche's first outright Le Mans winner. - Image courtesy Porsche Motorsport.

The 917K sports 5000 prototype of KG Salzburg; Porsche's first outright Le Mans winner. - Image courtesy Porsche Motorsport.

After years of intense speculation, Porsche AG today confirmed its long-rumoured intentions for a return to the top-tier of sports prototype racing via the release of a promotional video (see below), signaling its plans to enter the currently factory-diesel dominated LMP1 ranks as of 2014.

Porsche Motorsport revealed preliminary details of the marque’s historic return by announcing the undertaking of its LMP1 development programme, with a planned factory assault for outright honours at the the 2014 edition of the Le Mans 24 hour event.

Technical information has not yet been provided. Further details regarding the nature of the chassis, engine, or programme are yet to be confirmed.

Porsche's most recent outright Le Mans winner, the 911 GT1. - Image courtesy Porsche Motorsport.

Porsche's most recent outright Le Mans winner, the 911 GT1. - Image courtesy Porsche Motorsport.

“Porsche’s successes in Le Mans are unrivalled. We want to follow up on this with the 17th outright victory.” – Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG.

Given Porsche’s already clear desire for the development, demonstration, and motorsport application of energy recovery technologies (as evidenced by the GT3R Hybrid), the manufacturer’s new LMP is expected to be bear a petrol-hybrid powertrain. This is yet to be confirmed by official sources, and likely dependent on allowances afforded by (not-yet published) ACO technical regulations.

Porsche last raced for outright honours in 1998, when the marque’s factory lineup of McNish, Ortelli and Aiello secured the German manufacturer’s sixteenth and most recent outright victory at Le Mans.

What effect (if any) the announcement may have on the motorsport future of VAG sister company, Audi is yet to be confirmed.

Edit:

AudiSport official response:

“This is the decision of Porsche company, a decision in which Audi is not involved. Audi relishes the prospect of every strong new opponent at Le Mans and in the new FIA World Endurance Championship. Porsche’s entry into the LMP1 class is evidence of the high level of attraction of sport prototypes.”

Video:

Comments: 

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport:

“We’re looking forward to the task of developing new technologies and to continue on with the success of the Porsche RS Spyder. After the conclusion of our works-supported sports prototype programme in the American Le Mans Series we have kept up with the latest technological advances.

Now we will begin with detailed research in order to evaluate the various concept alternatives for our new car. These obviously depend on how the regulations for the year 2014 look in detail. In principle, these regulations are interesting for us because the integration of our hybrid technology in the vehicle concept is one possible option.”

ILMC, LMS: Imola 6H entry list, event details.

ILMC_tag_tab

LMS_Tag_Tab

ILMC - Imola six hours poster.

LMP1

  • 1 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDi – Bernhard/Fässler
  • 2 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDi – McNish/Kristensen.
  • 7 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Bourdais/Davidson.
  • 8 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Montagny/Sarrazin.
  • 12 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Prost/Jani.
  • 13 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Belicchi/Boullion
  • 15 OAK Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Moreau/Ragues.
  • 16 Pescarolo Team – Pescarolo-Judd – Collard/Tinseau.
  • 18 Guess Racing Europe – Lola B09/80 Coupé-Judd – Ebbesvik/Ducote/Marcelli.
  • 23 MIK Corse – Zytek 09 – Cortes/Geri/Piccini.

LMP2

  • 26 SignaTech Nissan – Oreca03-Nissan – Mailleux/Ordoñez/Ayari.
  • 33 Level 5 Motorsports – Lola-HPD – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa.
  • 35 OAK Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Barlesi/Da Rocha/Lafargue.
  • 36 RML – HPD ARX-01d – Newton/Erdos/Collins.
  • 39 PeCom – Lola B11/40 – Judd – Companc/Russo/Kaffer.
  • 40 Race Performance – Oreca 03-Judd – Frey/Meichtry/TBA.
  • 41 Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN-Nissan – Ojjeh/Kimber-Smith/Lombard.
  • 42 Strakka Racing – HPD ARX-01d – Leventis/Watts/Kane.
  • 43 RLR MSport – MG Lola EX265-Judd – Gates/Garofall/Philipps.
  • 44 Extreme Limit AM Paris – Norma M200P-Judd – Rosier/Basso.
  • 45 Boutsen Energy Racing – Oreca 03-Nissan – Kraihamer/De Crem.
  • 46 TDS Racing – Oreca 03 – Nissan – Beche/Thiriet/Firth.
  • 49 OAK Racing –  OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Nicolet/Hein.

GTE-PRO

  • 51 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Fisichella/Bruni.
  • 55 BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Farfus/Müller.
  • 56 BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Werner/Lamy.
  • 58 Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Jakubowski/Beltoise.
  • 59 Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Ortelli/Makowiecki.
  • 64 Lotus JetAlliance – Lotus Evora – Slingerland/Rich/Lichtner-Hoyer.
  • 65 Lotus JetAlliance – Lotus Evora – Rossiter/Mowlem/Hirschi.
  • 66 JMW Motorsport – Ferrari F458 Italia – Bell/Walker.
  • 71 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Melo/Vilander.
  • 75 ProSpeed Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Goossens/Holzer.
  • 76 IMSA Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Pilet/Henzler.
  • 77 Felbermayr-Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Lieb/Lietz.
  • 79 JOTA – Aston Martin Vantage – Hancock/Dolan.
  • 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher – Ferrari F458 Italia – Farnbacher/Simonsen.

GTE-AM

  • 50 Larbre Competition – Corvette C6-ZR1 – Bornhauser/Gardel/Canal.
  • 57 Krohn Racing – Ferrari F430 – Krohn/Jönsson/Rugolo.
  • 61 AF-Corse – Ferrari F430 – Perazzini/Cioci/Lémeret.
  • 62 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Ehret/Lynn/Wills.
  • 63 Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Long/Roda/Ried.
  • 67 IMSA Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Armindo.
  • 82 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Hummel/Christodoulou/Quaife.
  • 88 Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Felbermayr Snr (!)/Felbermayr Jnr/Miller.

FLM

  • 91 Hope Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Moro/Shanqi/Graves.
  • 92 Neil Garner Motorsport – Oreca FLM-09 – Hartshorne/Keating/Keen.
  • 93 Genoa Racing –  Oreca FLM-09 – Petersen/Julian/Zugel.
  • 95 Pegasus Racing –  Oreca FLM-09 – Schultis/Simon/Schell.
  • 99 JMB Racing –  Oreca FLM-09 – Rodriguez/Menahem/TBA.

LMP1: 9   LMP2: 13   GTE-PRO: 14   GTE-AM: 8   FLM: 5   Total: 49.

Coverage information:

 – Weekend schedule.

 – Live video.

 – Live audio (Radio Le Mans).

 Live timing.



LMS, ILMC: Spa Provisional Entry List Released.

ILMC_tag_tab

LMS_Tag_Tab

2011 Spa ILMC poster

Entry listings for Spa, round two of the Le Mans series (also the second round of the ILMC) are now available. Bolstered by the inclusion of ILMC runners, the circuit will play host to an unprecedented (at least in recent history) field of sixty entries.

Notable mentions go to the highly anticipated (albeit delayed) appearance of two Lotus Evora entries in the GTE-PRO category, along with the now customary, pre-Le Mans additional entries for Audi, Peugeot, and AMR squads in LMP1.

Entry listings can be seen in full below.

LMP1

  • 007 Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin AMR-One – Mücke/Turner/Klien
  • 009 Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin AMR-One – Meyrick/Primat/Fernandez
  • 1 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDI – Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller
  • 2 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDI – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer
  • 3 Audi Sport North America – Audi R18 TDI – Capello/Kristensen/McNish
  • 5 Hope Racing – Oreca-SwissHyTech Hybrid – Zacchia/Marroc
  • 7 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Wurz/Gené/Davidson
  • 8 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian
  • 9 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Bourdais/Pagenaud/Lamy
  • 10 Team Oreca Matmut – Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP – Lapierre/Duval
  • 12 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Prost/Jani
  • 13 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Belicchi/Boullion
  • 15 Oak Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues
  • 16 Pescarolo Team – Pescarolo-Judd – Collard/Tinseau/Jousse
  • 18 Guess Racing – Lola B09/80 Coupé-Judd – Hazebrouck/Kaufmann
  • 20 Quifel-ASM Team – Zytek 09SC – Amaral/Pla
  • 23 MIK Corse – Zytec 09 Hybrid – Cortes/Geri/Piccini
  • 24 OAK Racing – Pescarolo-Judd – Nicolet/Hein

LMP2

  • 26 Signatech Nissan – Oreca03-Nissan Mailleux/Ordoñez/Ayari
  • 33 Level 5 Motorsports – Lola Coupé-HPD – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa
  • 35 OAK Racing – Pescarolo-Judd – Barlesi/Da Rocha/Lafargue
  • 36 RML – HPD ARX-01d – Newton/Erdos/Collins
  • 39 Pecom Racing – Lola B11/40-Judd – Companc/Russo/Kaffer
  • 40 Race Performance Oreca03-Judd – Frey/Meichtry/Ebbesvik
  • 41 Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN-Nissan – Ojjeh/Chalandon/Kimber-Smith
  • 42 Strakka Racing – HPD ARX-01 – Leventis/Watts/Kane
  • 43 RLR msport – MG Lola EX265-AER – Gates/Garofall/Phillips
  • 44 Extreme Limite AM – Norma M200P-Judd – Rosier/Luco/Basso
  • 45 Boutsen Energy Racing –  Oreca03-Nissan – Kraihamer/De Crem
  • 46 TDS Racing – Oreca03-Nissan – Beche/Thiriet/Firth

FLM

  • 91 — – FLM Oreca-09 – Moro/Shanqi
  • 92 Neil Garner Motorsport – FLM Oreca-09 – Hartshorne/Keating/Keen
  • 93 Genoa Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Petersen/Julian/Zugel
  • 95 Pegasus Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Schultis/Simon
  • 99 JMB Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Rodrigues/Menahem

GTE-PRO

  • 51 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Fisichella /Bruni
  • 55 BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Farfus/Müller
  • 56 BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Priaulx/Alzen
  • 58 Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Jakubowski/Beltoise
  • 59 Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Ortelli/Makowiecki/Deletraz
  • 64 Lotus Jetalliance – Lotus Evora – Slingerland/Rich
  • 65 Lotus Jetalliance – Lotus Evora – Hirschi/Rositer/Mowlem
  • 66 JMW Motorsport – Ferrari F458 Italia – Bell/Walker
  • 71 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Melo/Vilander
  • 75 Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Goossens/Holzer
  • 76 IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Pilet /Henzler
  • 77 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Lieb/Lietz
  • 79 JOTA – Aston Martin Vantage – Hancock/Dolan
  • 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher – Ferrari F430 GT – Farnbacher/Simonsen

GTE-AM

  • 50 Larbre Competition – Corvette C6-ZR1 – Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel
  • 57 Krohn Racing – Ferrari F430 – Krohn/Jönsson/Rugolo
  • 60 Gulf AMR Middle East – Aston Martin Vantage – Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright
  • 61 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Perazzini/Cioci/Lemeret
  • 62 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Ehret/Lynn/Wills
  • 63 Proton competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Ried/TBA
  • 67 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Armindo
  • 70 Kessel Racing – Ferrari F430 – Broniszewski/Peter
  • 72 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Kauffman/Aguas
  • 82 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Hummel/Christidoulou/Quaife
  • 88 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997)- Felbermayr Sr./Felbermayr Jr./Miller

LMP1: 18    LMP2: 12    FLM: 5     GTE-PRO: 14    GTE-AM: 11    Total: 60

LMS: Paul Ricard Entry List.

LMS_Tag_Tab

 

 

 

 

Entries for the Le Mans series season opener at Paul Ricard were released this week and, although sustaining late withdrawals from both LMP and GT, round one will bear a healthy grid of 34 competitors.

Entry listings can be seen in full below.

LMP1

  • 009 Aston Martin Racing – AMR-One – Mücke/Turner/Primat
  • 12 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Prost/Jani
  • 13 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Belicchi/Boullion
  • 16 Pescarolo Sport- Pescarolo-Judd – Collard/Tinseau/Jousse
  • 18 Guess Racing Europe – Lola B09/80 Coupé-Judd – Hazebrouck/Kaufmann
  • 20 Quifel-ASM – Zytek-09SC – Amaral/Pla

LMP2

  • 36 RML – HPD ARX -01d – Newton/Erdos/Collins
  • 39 Pecom Racing – Lola B11/40-Judd – Companc/Russo/Kaffer
  • 40 Race Performance – Oreca 03-Judd – Frey/Meichtry/Thor-Christian Ebbesvik
  • 41 Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN-Nissan – Ojjeh/Chalandon/Kimber-Smith
  • 42 Strakka Racing – HPD ARX-01 – Leventis/Watts/Kane
  • 43 RLR msport – MG Lola EX265-AER – Gates/Garofall/Phillips
  • 44 Extreme Limite AM – Norma M200P-Judd – Rosier/Luco/Basso
  • 45 Boutsen Energy Racing – Oreca 03-Nissan – Kraihamer/De Crem
  • 46 TDS Racing – Oreca 03-Nissan – Beche/Thiriet/Firth

FLM

  • 91 Hope Polevision Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Moro/Tinguely/Shanqi
  • 92 Neil Garner Motorsport – FLM Oreca-09 –  Hartshorne/Keating/Keen
  • 93 Genoa Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Petersen/Julian/Zugel
  • 95 Pegasus Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Schultis/Simon
  • 99 JMB Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – TBA/TBA

GTE-PRO

  • 51 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Fisichella/Bruni
  • 66 JMW Motorsport- Ferrari F458 Italia – Bell/Walker
  • 71 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Melo/Vilander
  • 75 Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Holzer/Westbrook
  • 76 IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Pilet
  • 77 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Lieb/Lietz
  • 78 Gruppem-Eterniti Racing – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Sugden/Jelley
  • 79 JOTA – Aston Martin Vantage – Hancock/Dolan
  • 86 Young Driver AMR – Aston Martin Vantage – Enge/Muller
  • 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher – Ferrari F430 GT – Farnbacher/Simonsen

GTE-AM

  • 61 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Perazzini/Cioci/Lemeret
  • 67 IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Armindo
  • 70 Kessel Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Broniszewski/Peter
  • 72 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Kauffman/Aguas
  • 82 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Hummel/Christidoulou/Quaife
  • 88 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Ragginger/Ried/Long

Aston Martin unveils AMR-One LMP1 challenger

Aston Martin's new LMP1 challenger, the AMR-One. - Image courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

Aston Martin's new LMP1 challenger, the AMR-One. - Image courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

After months of anticipation, Aston Martin Racing has today revealed its latest generation LMP1 challenger, the AMR-One to the sportscar racing fraternity, along with its driver lineup and race programme for the 2011 season. A rapid departure from Aston Martin’s previous prototype forays, the open-top chassis marks AMR’s first purpose-built motorsport chassis since 1956.

Unlike its competitors, the AMR-One will utilise a 2.0 litre gasoline, turbo-charged, direct-injected, inline six powerplant. The car’s transmission will be supplied by X-trac, in the form of a six-speed pneumatic, semi-automatic shifting system. Front suspension has been revealed as a double A-arm design.

Despite having opted against the coupe route chosen by its competitors, the open cockpit design bears multiple semblances to both its rivals in minor ways. The first of of which, and most note-worthy, being the use of front-mounted, rear-wheel sized tyres as a means gaining additional front-end grip and corner stability through increased tyre contact.

Originally pioneered by Wirth Research on the ARX-02a, the concept has also been employed by both Audi and Peugeot on their latest generation LMP1 chassis.

Split nose design of the AMR-One. A radical departure from that of the Lola-AMR. - Image Courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

Split nose design of the AMR-One. A radical departure from that of the Lola-AMR. - Image Courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

The raised/split nose design (also utilised by Peugeot) is an unexpected addition to the AMR-One. The feature, which conjures thoughts of several prototypes (both past and present), had not been an anticipated development for many.

As a result, the car’s cosmetics have already been labeled as less-desirable than its competitors. Without a basis for on-track comparisons the practicality of the design has not yet been gauged.

Another unexpected development is the use of an asymmetric cooling system. In recent times LMP constructors had primarily opted for symmetrical systems, opting for either twin side-mounted air-intakes (usually located above rear wheel archs) and, where necessary, an additional roof mounted intake.

Unlike its rivals, the AMR-One bears a single side-mounted air-intake unit. A second intake unit is mounted between the rollhoops, beside the driver’s head, and attached to the now mandatory fin adorning the car’s rear.

The AMR-One also bears what appears to be a constant (or at least minimally varying) trailing edge on its sidewalls. Which are noticeably higher than those of its rivals.

The AMR-One's high riding sidewall. - Image courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

AMR also revealed details of its driver lineup for the 2011 season. Announcing the return of Stefan Mücke, Darren Turner, Adrian Fernandez, Harold Primat, and recent addition Andy Meyrick. The sixth driver, who will partner both Mücke/Turner in the 007, has not yet been revealed.

The marque also further confirmed its intentions to compete in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Despite this, AMR will not be present at opening round of the ILMC this March, removing the Sebring 12 Hour from its 2011 schedule. Team members cited a lack of preparation as the deciding factor.

AMR will instead debut the AMR-One at the LMS season opener at Paul Ricard, on 1-3 April.

Although lacking in some areas cosmetically, the overall design of the AMR-One appears to be a melding of ideas from other successful LMP designs, along with additional AMR ingenuity. Whether the package can be deemed effective is yet to be proven.

The AMR-One is expected to commence preliminary testing in March.