Aston Martin Racing launches new AMR-One race car

Aston is back with a high-tech prototype racer, but will it be enough to match the diesel-powered front runners?

This Gulf-liveried AMR-One is Aston's new Le Mans racer, designed and built from the ground up by engineers at Aston Martin Racing. Opting for an open-cockpit carbon fibre monocoque, the AMR-One also features 2011's most popular aerodynamic appendage, the 'blade-fin'. Just six will be made, with a pair of factory works cars competing at selected events throughout the year.

In a bid to take advantage of the efficiency-led regulations, brought in for the 2011 LMS season (which is also designed to close the huge performance gap between petrol and diesel entries), Aston Martin Racing has created a brand new 2-litre straight-six engine, producing approximately 540bhp - thanks to direct injection and a huge turbocharger! Power is transmitted to the wheels through an Xtrac six-speed, semi-automatic racing gearbox; with braking handled by all-round Brembo six pot calipers and carbon-ceramic discs.

Piloting the 007 car throughout 2011 will be Darren Turner (GB), Stefan Mücke (D) and a third driver still to be announced. Adrian Fernandez (MX), Andy Meyrick (GB) and Harold Primat (CH) will be teaming up to drive the 009 car, which is scheduled to make appearances at a limited number of races throughout the season.

The team is hoping that 007 will make its racing debut at the Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 16-19; going on to contend the full seven-round Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in the US, Belgium, Italy, France, the UK and China.

Aston Martin Racing Chairman and founder of Prodrive, David Richards said: “George and the team have been extremely busy over the winter months and they have been working day and night to produce what is not only a stunningly beautiful race car but one which will use the new ACO regulations to best effect. Just like the road cars, the AMR-One has been elegantly engineered where simplicity runs throughout to produce what we expect to be a competitive and reliable endurance racer.”

Recommended

Tobias Moers steps down as CEO, Aston Martin appoints ex-Ferrari boss
Moers
Aston Martin

Tobias Moers steps down as CEO, Aston Martin appoints ex-Ferrari boss

British manufacturer announces departure of Tobias Moers as ex-Ferrari boss takes the reigns at Gaydon
4 May 2022
Interview: Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman Aston Martin Lagonda
Lawrence Stroll F1
Aston Martin

Interview: Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman Aston Martin Lagonda

evo sits down with Aston Martin’s boss to discuss Valkyrie, Vantage, Formula 1 and Tobias Moers.
4 May 2022
Aston Martin Vantage vs Audi R8 V10 RWD – back to basics
Aston Martin Vantage vs Audi R8
Features

Aston Martin Vantage vs Audi R8 V10 RWD – back to basics

Can forgoing performance-enhancing technology such as an auto gearbox or four-wheel drive make for a more engaging car? The new manual Aston Martin Va…
7 Mar 2022
Driving an Aston Martin DB5 James Bond stunt car
Aston Martin DB5 stunt car
Aston Martin

Driving an Aston Martin DB5 James Bond stunt car

When is an Aston not an Aston? When it’s a DB5 fresh from the set of No Time To Die. Don’t break it, Meaden…
3 Jan 2022

Most Popular

2022 BMW M3 Touring revealed – the Audi RS4 rival we've been waiting for is here!
FOS M3 Touring
BMW M3 Touring

2022 BMW M3 Touring revealed – the Audi RS4 rival we've been waiting for is here!

Wagon lovers rejoice, the new BMW M3 Touring is here exclusively in xDrive Competition specification
21 Jun 2022
New McLaren P1 Spider revealed
Lanzante P1 Spider – front quarter
McLaren P1

New McLaren P1 Spider revealed

McLaren specialist Lanzante unveils bespoke P1 Spider commission at Goodwood Festival of Speed
23 Jun 2022
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022
FOS Header
Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022

The UK’s biggest automotive event is back for another year. Here's our show guide
24 Jun 2022