RML goes turbo for Le Mans Series in 2006 RML have announced today that their MG Lola EX264 will compete in 2006 Le Mans Series with an AER 2 litre turbo powerplant replacing the normally aspirated 3400cc Judd based engine which carried them...
RML goes turbo for Le Mans Series in 2006
RML have announced today that their MG Lola EX264 will compete in 2006 Le Mans Series with an AER 2 litre turbo powerplant replacing the normally aspirated 3400cc Judd based engine which carried them to class wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours and Istanbul 1000km races and 2nd in the LMP2 class in the 2005 season. Drivers Mike Newton and Tommy Erdos will again pair up to contest the Le Mans Series with a third driver yet to be confirmed for the Le Mans 24 hours.
The chassis is currently being modified by RML to accept the new installation which will undergo shakedown tests in early March prior to taking part in the Paul Ricard Le Mans Series test. Race debut is scheduled for Istanbul on April 9th.
The car's owner Mike Newton commented "We have been delighted with the reliability and service we have received from Judd during last season but we ran with AER engines in the EX257 during late 2003 and 2004 and as I still own that chassis and hope to race it in the UK, it made sense to us to work with AER again. Whilst it is difficult to contrast the relative performance, our experience with the turbo engine showed us that it is more economical and the cars which used it last season confirmed that fact."
The car will again be entered as an MG-Lola EX264 with the engine manufacturer designated as AER. It will run in the now familiar striking red white and blue livery of Newton's AD Group of Companies. Prominent amongst the visible sponsors will be NetVu Connected, Dedicated Micros, RemGuard Visual Management, FlightVu, D-Tec and Altera.
RML's 4,300 square metre facility is based in Northamptonshire, England and includes full design, development, manufacturing and operational support for international race/rally programmes and automotive engineering projects.
The organisation has achieved championship success in a diverse range of motorsport categories including GT/sportscars, touring cars, rally cars, single seaters and oval speedway cars. In 2005 RML teams will compete in the FIA World Touring Car Championship and the Le Mans Endurance Series. The company recently took class honours in the Le Mans 24 Hours with an MG-Lola LMP2.