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Advanced Engine Research Prepares For 2015 Indy Lights Debut
Posted by: newsla on May 23, 2014 - 06:29 AM
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Advanced Engine Research Prepares For 2015 Indy Lights Debut


Next year’s Indy Lights series signature event, the Freedom 100, held on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5 mile oval, will feature an all-new car and engine. Advanced Engine Research will provide the horsepower for the final step in the Road to Indy starting in 2015.

 

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The new Dallara IL-15 chassis will feature AER’s new P63 turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0 litre engine making 450 horsepower with an additional 50 horsepower available through the “push to pass” feature. Designed to go a full season without rebuilding, the all-aluminium fully stressed P63 engine features advanced engine electronics developed by Life Racing with active knock control, ignition angle learning, advanced boost control and integrated gear shift strategies for maximized performance.

“We already produce the engines for the 16-race GP3 Series in Europe, a feeder series for GP2 which is a stepping stone for Formula One, and we are proud that we will now be part of driver advancement for open-wheel racing in America,” said Mike Lancaster, Managing Director of AER. “We have a long-term relationship with Dallara and they are very professional to work with. This new chassis and engine combination will produce great racing for the fans and provide the drivers with the modern technology they need for advancement. Drivers will have the learning benefit of having a four-cylinder turbocharged engine of 450 horsepower before moving up to the V-6 turbo in Indy Car. Indy Lights will have a nicely balanced 600 kilo race car with a modern engine complex behind it. From a power-to-weight perspective, the Lights experience for any aspiring driver should be quite exciting.”

The AER engine is designed to be flexible for future changes and to be reliable and cost effective. The 2.0 litre turbo makes for a neat installation that is easy to maintain as well as having good power and drivability. Modern engine electronics combined with turbocharging is the direction of today’s racing as evidenced by Formula One’s new engines and various FIA/ACO LMP prototypes also upgrading to smaller turbocharged engines as well as virtually all car manufacturers turning out small, highly efficient and strong turbo engines nowadays.

In preparation for the 2015 series, test engines are scheduled to go to Dallara in Italy mid-summer for shakedowns, followed by testing back in America in late summer with the first batch of engines available at the end of the year.

In addition to their expertise in designing, supplying and supporting engines for open-wheel series, AER has built the only bespoke non-manufacturer backed LMP1 engine to the new 2014 ACO regulations. The V-6 twin turbo features gasoline direct injection and is based on a GDI system designed for a Formula One engine supplier as a test bed for the originally proposed 1.6 litre four-cylinder specification. In the past fifteen years, AER-powered teams have won forty-three championships. Their record includes two class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, two at the 24 Hours of Daytona, three at the 12 Hours of Sebring and four at the ten-hour Petit Le Mans.


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