England’s Advanced Engine Research has unveiled its newest LMP1 engine, the twin-turbo V6 P60B model, at the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain. The launch, concurrent with the new Dallara-built BR1 LMP1 chassis that broke cover, will see the car and engine come together with the SMP Racing effort in 2018.
“AER’s LMP1 engine has been in a state of constant development since its inception in 2013,” said AER technical director Mark Ellis. “But the specific, integrated package of upgrades we’ve been working on since this past January represents a sufficient step forward that it warrants the change in nomenclature. The P60B incorporates improvements that make it a step up from the P60 in terms of both performance and reliability that’s required for continued success in endurance racing.”
According to Ellis, the P60B has provided encouraging results in runs that have lasted 24 hours or more on a dyno cell.
“Following impressive dyno test results, the first P60B was delivered to a customer last month,” he said. “AER have since built several P60Bs in support of track testing, as well as the 2018/19 racing superseason.”
With AER’s offerings extending to other series, including Indy Lights on the Mazda Road to Indy, and IMSA, with its engine program for Mazda’s Daytona Prototype international effort, managing director Mike Lancaster says operational upgrades have been made to keep pace with AER’s growth.
“This has been done in parallel with heavy investment in AER’s facilities in 2017, and in support of AER’s planned and future racing activities,” he said. “All of our clients are now benefiting from this program and those benefits will only increase with the passage of time.”