Rebellion Racing announce switch to AER power for 2015

by Vince Pettit

Swiss-based Rebellion Racing team have announced a new engine partnership for their Rebellion R-One LMP1 cars ahead of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.

In previous years the team have been powered by a naturally aspirated Toyota RV8K-LM 3.4 litre customer engine, the switch sees the team move to an AER P60 V6 GDI twin-turbocharged unit.

The Rebellion-Toyota partnership has proven strong and has brought the team championships and wins both in the World stage and American Le Mans Series but the time had come for the team to switch. The end of the 2015 season would force a new engine as it is the last year for the RV8K-LM.

“We are delighted to announce our new association with Advanced Engine Research for the 2015 FIA WEC season and beyond, this partnership is exciting news for Rebellion Racing.” said Bart Hayden, Rebellion Racing Team Manager.

“We are pleased to welcome them as our new engine partner and look forward to building a productive and successful working relationship. The AER P60 engine has shown good performance on track already and we believe that this engine will marry well to the Rebellion R-One chassis.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank TOYOTA and TMG who have been so closely associated with our team and their continued hard work since we started our engine partnership at the end of the 2010 season. We have enjoyed a strong relationship that has resulted in many class successes and overall victories over the past four years.

With the engine switch decision taken during the middle of the off-season it has been a challenge for the team and chassis partner ORECA to get the two cars ready for the 2015 season. The team have already informed the FIA that the cars will miss the FIA WEC Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard and the opening round at Silverstone.

“We are faced with a significant amount of work to upgrade the R-One cars to accommodate the P60 engine and we are fully determined to do it in the best way possible, that is why we will not be ready in time to debut the new cars at the season opening race at Silverstone.” Hayden added.

Mike Lancaster, Advanced Engine Research Managing Director added: “We thank Rebellion Racing for choosing to work with AER and to use our AER P60 V6 GDI twin-turbocharged LMP-1 engine. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to work with such a well respected and successful racing Team and we have already been impressed with the dedication and in-depth knowledge of the entire Team. ”

Rebellion Racing are still to confirm their 2015 driver line-up with the decision to be made in the coming months.

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