POUGHKEEPSIE, NY November 9, 2005 – New with a foundation of continuity: that is how Dyson Racing will be meeting the challenge of new rules for the 2006 American Le Mans Series LMP1 class. Their two new Lola B06/10’s will be powered by Advanced Engine Research’s 3.6 liter twin-turbo V8 engines for the 2006 season. Created by an engine design team lead by ex-F1 engine designers Oliver Allan and Ian Prosser, the engine has been designed with the best of F1 and Indy Car technology applied to the endurance racing environment.
“Advanced Engine Research has been an incredible technical partner for the past four years,” stated Rob Dyson, team principal. “They share Dyson Racing’s cultural and philosophical outlook: always looking to improve and doing whatever it takes to win. The team at AER is an extremely committed, flexible and determined engine partner. Their contributions will ensure a competitive season for Dyson Racing in 2006.”
“We are very pleased to have been chosen as the engine partner for Dyson Racing on their exciting new LMP1 program,” commented Mike Lancaster, Managing Director for AER. “They are one of best teams in sportscars and great to work with at the track.”
“After all the months of hard work, seeing the engine run on the dyno and exceed expectations has been a great satisfaction,” noted Oliver Allan, Technical Director of AER. “But what we are all waiting for is to see the car run on the track. For that car to be a Dyson car is fantastic, as they have been the team to consistently challenge Audi. The whole AER team is looking forward to a successful 2006.”
The new V8 engine was designed from a clean sheet of paper specifically for the ACO’s LMP1 rules. It sets new standards for size and weight, while minimizing frictional losses. The 75-degree V8 first ran on the dyno in September. Designed with the focus on durability, the engine is more compact than any existing V8 in the series.
The ten race American Le Mans season kicks off next year with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 18.