With apologies for some late posting from this end, wifi at the DSC Ed’s stopover lodgings en route to Bathurst failed.
Rebellion Racing has announced a new engine partnership from the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season onwards with AER.
Rebellion’s R-One LMP1 cars will be powered by twin-turbo engines from Advanced Engine Research, switching from the customer Toyota V8s that have powered the team’s R-Ones, and their predecessor Lolas for the past four years winning the 2011 Le Mans Series LMP1 Teams title and LMP1 Manufacturers title for Lola Toyota, plus third place in the ILMC standings. 2012 saw Rebellion take the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Private Teams recording seven class wins and a 4th place overall at Le Mans 24 Hours plus an overall win at Petit Le Mans.
In 2013, the team won a second FIA WEC Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Private Teams and recorded six class wins. In the United States, Rebellion Racing secured a podium finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring and a back-to-back overall victory at Petit Le Mans
Last season, the debut year for the team’s new Oreca designed and built R-Ones saw the team win their third FIA WEC Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Private Teams with a clean sweep of eight class wins and 4th place overall at Le Mans 24 Hours.
Rebellion have submitted a pair of entries for the 2015 FIA WEC for their #12 and #13 R-One AERs.
Rebellion Racing and their chassis partner ORECA are already working against the clock to develop a revised version of the REBELLION R-One to be fitted with the AER V6 twin-turbo engine.
As the decision to change engine has been made deep into the off-season, the team have informed the FIA WEC that their cars will not be ready in time for the start of the 2015 championship. The team will miss both the FIA WEC Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard and the first round of the championship at the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
The team will be putting all their efforts into making the debut of the new R-One AER cars around the time of the 6 Hours of Spa.
The team will confirm their drivers at a later date.
Bart Hayden: “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.
“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. 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.”
Mike Lancaster, Advanced Engine Research Managing Director: “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. We look forward to the 2015 WEC and Le Mans race with Rebellion Racing and we hope to build on the Team’s successes for the future. ”