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 |  Apr 02 2013, 8:31 AM

Aston Martin Racing TRG

Well-known Porsche racing team TRG has made the switch to Aston Martin and in doing so has formed a partnership with the storied British brand to grow its enthusiast base in America.

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 |  Dec 04 2012, 3:07 PM

Aston Martin has announced its U.S. plans for the 2013 race season, teaming up with The Racers Group (TRG) to bring 10 new race cars for the upcoming motorsport season.

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 |  Mar 03 2011, 2:47 PM

Meet the 2011 Aston Martin AMR-One race car: the new prototype race car designed for the Le Mans LMP1-spec class, with snazzy Gulf livery, a (very British) 007 racing number, and a 2.0-liter inline-six engine.

Wait, the mighty race car has an engine half the size of a DB9? Well, yes, somehow. Le Mans regulations for 2011 have downsized their engines and increased efficiency; the all-dominating Audi cars have switched from V10 diesels to V6 diesels. Aston Martin’s last LMP race car had a naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12; this new engine is far smaller, being a direct-injection, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-six. And instead of producing 600 horsepower like the V12, this engine produces 10% less, at 540 horsepower, connected to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox.

“We have chosen to run with a six cylinder turbocharged engine because we believe this offers the best potential within the petrol engine regulations,” says George Howard-Chappell, Aston Martin Racing’s team principal.

Aston Martin has also switched from a closed-cockpit car to an open cockpit, a move done in reverse from Audi. The AMR-One features a double-wishbone suspension on all four corners braced by pushrod Koni dampers, Brembo six-pot carbon brakes, and 18-inch Michelin tires surrounding forged magnesium wheels. And in accordance with regulations, the AMR-One matches the mandated minimum of under 2000 pounds.

“With the ACO’s commitment to effectively balance the performance of petrol and diesel Le Mans entrants,” says Howard-Chappell, “our hopes are high that we’ll see the closest racing yet in the premiere LMP1 category.” Which means: with the smaller engines across the board, Aston Martin will have a far greater chance at taking out Audi’s and Peugeot’s continued dominance.

 |  Jun 08 2010, 10:44 AM

As Aston Martin prepares to hit the track at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the company has bigger plans to continue on racing prototypes well into the future. According to AutoSport, Aston Martin Racing will begin building six all-new ground-up prototype racers. Currently Aston Martin Racing runs two cars in the LMP1 field, which use Aston engines but Lola chassis.

The plan is to race two cars with a Prodrive-run factory backed team, as well as two privateer teams. An additional two cars would then be built for other teams for 2012.

The current LMP1 Astons simply aren’t competitive, lagging behind the more fuel efficient diesels of Audi and Peugeot. It’s not yet clear if Aston intends to use conventional gasoline technology, switch to diesels or perhaps even use a hybrid setup, but Aston chairman David Richards recently commented that the AMR LMP1 project wouldn’t go ahead until gasoline and diesel powered cars could compete on a level playing field. Word that Aston’s program has now begun seem to suggest the company may know something about a significant rule change for the 2011 season.

[Source: Autosport]