Audi customer engine in the LMP1?”Not yet planned”
Rebellion will not install Audi DTM engines in the LMP1 vehicle for 2018/19 – Ingolstädter explains:”Maybe sometime, but not now”.
The LMP1 class of the Long Distance World Championship (WEC) is experiencing some growth on the private side following the departure of the Porsche works team. SMP introduces two new Dallara BR1 with AER turbo engines, DragonSpeed relies on the same chassis with a Gibson engine, ByKolles remains on the CLM P1/01 with Nissan engine and Manor uses a Ginetta, presumably Mecachrome’s new LMP1 engine will be used.
Rebellion follows the same path that had already proven itself in the highest prototype class. The chassis is developed and built by Oreca. After bad experiences from the years 2015 and 2016, the AER drives have had enough of them, and the new Judd engine doesn’t want to know much either. According to information from’ Motorsport-Total. com’, the Swiss will use the drives from Gibson. Originally, consideration was given to the use of an Audi DTM engine.
The four-litre V8 naturally aspirated engines would be available from the British tuner Neil Brown Engineering (NBE), but Audi apparently has little interest in seeing the engine in LMP1 use:”There are no plans at all for an LMP1 engine,” says Wolfgang Ullrich, the long-standing Audi head of motorsport, who will be retiring on the Silverster day today.”If you wanted to do something like that, you would have to do it.
The Audi DTM-V8 has already been on the ByKolles wish list, but with this mature and stable engine there is a special feature:”The engine turns the wrong way round, so to speak,” explains ByKolles’ Head of Operations Boris Bermes. In the DTM, the engine is operated with about 500 hp, in the LMP1, a lot more would be required.
Audi would be reluctant to leave the LMP1 business to a tuner anyway “If Audi wanted to develop such an engine, it would require a corresponding team of people. Moreover, it doesn’t make sense to do this kind of thing for just one customer,”says Ullrich,”but to turn it into a business case, you need five to six cars to get the engine. It’s the only way to keep things clean, maybe it will come sometime in the future, but not now.”
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