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andymlm - Unregistered

March 03, 2009 2:11 PM

unless theres been drastic regs changes.... no it wont beat the diesels!

should have kept running the DBR9s they had good scraps with corvette and the cars look like their road going versions why change and spend more money on LMP1!!???

Tim M - Unregistered

March 03, 2009 3:39 PM

Because in 1959 Aston won the race outright and so the company decided that on the 50th anniversary of the win, they would have a go at an outright win again.

Iain Langmaid - Unregistered

March 03, 2009 5:11 PM

There are still going to be DBR9s on the grid at la Sarthe as both Gigawave and JetAlliance teams who normally race in the FIA GT Championship are both enterting a car each, and Aston have always said that will continue to support any team that wants to run the DBR9 in GT1.

Tim M - Unregistered

March 03, 2009 7:30 PM

The problem is that it is the ACO that sets the rules, so we have France restricting French (and German) cars against Aston etc. AND Pescorolo is now Diesel powered. If Aston win it will not only be the race but also a lot of politics---no chance (sadly)!!

YouMug - Unregistered

March 03, 2009 9:08 PM

The rules have changed but the car will probably not win.

The rules took power away from the diesels but did not make the fuel tank any smaller. Less power, less fuel used, hence it will go a longer distance, maybe enough to get another lap in before refuelling (we all know how important that is over a 24hr race!)

I don't know much about diesels but would guess the lap times between the two might be similar.... maybe We shall see!

It is of course one of Astons last chances to win, as the V12 engine with the new rules cannot enter in 2011

Anyway Aston must be rolling in cash during the current climate!!

Who Cares - Unregistered

March 03, 2009 10:33 PM

YouMug, you apparently don't know that, further to the rules change last year, giving a 5% bigger capacity to the petrol tanks vs the diesel ones, the petrol LMP1s were actually refuelling less often than the diesels.

Diesels win Le Mans just because they are allowed twin turbos with almost the same capacity, hence a huge power and torque advantage.

Le Mans has been rented to diesels manufacturers, for marketing reasons, and diesels manufacturers undertook to promote Le Mans through the promotion of their crappy diesel cars. It's a win-win deal between ACO and VAG-PSA, and rules are bent to make sure diesels win, even this year.

I hope this gorgeous Gulf Lola Aston Martin will do well :)

Iain Langmaid - Unregistered

March 04, 2009 12:51 AM

Under the current rules the Petrols have had their power capped by 3% while diesels were hit with a 10% power cap. If my memory serves me correctly both Peuegot and Audi have to run the R15 and the 908 with 85 litre fuel tanks and also take longer to refuel. Also I know that with the current regulations which are being phased in 2011 the Lola Aston managed to gain 13% in power which the current restrictors that they run on their cars in comparison to a throughbred based engine.

Silk - Unregistered

March 04, 2009 5:31 PM

"Petrols have had their power capped by 3%"

Incorrect, that is only for the GT1 homologated engines. Restrictors for rest of the petrols remain untouched (compared to 2008) in LMP1. Basically the "bait", what was given to Aston Martin last year, is now taken away.

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