British and Japanese engine makers JUDD and AIM are set to produce a customer LMP1 engine for private teams for use in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’.
The new AIM-JUDD engine is set to be a normally aspirated 5.5 litre V10 engine, for the new breed of LMP1 cars, which will weigh less than 850kg. The aim is to avoid the throttle response problems, complexity and reliability associated with turbocharged engines or the weight and size issues associated with similar capacity normally aspirated V8 and V12 engines.
It will include a new 72 degree cylinder block that’s significantly lighter than any of our previous designs, a new combustion chamber, cooling system and piston design as well as an updated engine management system with electronic throttle and fuel flow management software.
The new engine will be available to private teams on a lease-only basis for the beginning of the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’.
AIM and JUDD have collaborated before. The last time an AIM/JUDD engine was used in LMP1 was back in 2009, when Team ORECA ran a pair of 01 prototypes with 5.5 litre V10s back in the 2009.
With the introduction of the AIM-JUDD engine, LMP1 privateers can now have five known options for next season, with engines available from AER, NISMO, AIM-JUDD, Gibson and Mechachrome.
DSC understands that the engine could be housed in ByKolles’s CLM, SMP’s Dallara, a potential ORECA LMP1 and the Ginetta LMP1 chassis.
There’s no word yet on whether there are any confirmed customers for the AIM-JUDD engine.