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RML enters HPD partnership
12 February 2010
While the entry list for the Le Mans Series revealed that RML will run with HPD power for the 2010 season, the team has now revealed more information on its deal with Honda Performance Development.
The Lola B08/80 Coupe driven by Thomas Erdos and Mike Newton had run with a Mazda engine in 2009, but the team will now switch to the HPD V8 engine which has secured 15 wins in the American Le Mans Series in recent years.
It will make RML the first team to use the HPD engine in the Lola chassis.
“HPD are pleased to have been selected as RML's engine supplier for 2010,” Stephen Eriksen, technical director of Honda Performance Development said. “RML is a veteran team with a proven track record of success and we look forward to our LM-V8 engine continuing to set records for performance and reliability.
“We have many hours of durability testing already under our belts and still more to go before the season starts, however all indications point to us being in a very good position to succeed in the European arena.”
RML chief Ray Mallock was also pleased with confirmation of the deal.
"We are delighted to be working with a new engine manufacturer in Honda Performance Development," he said. "RML's greatest achievements have come as the result of working closely with some of the world's leading engine manufacturers.
“This is our first opportunity to develop a relationship with HPD; a company with a tremendous track record for designing superbly engineered, powerful and reliable race engines. Even in the very short period that we've been working together it has already become obvious that HPD understands exactly what it takes to win at the highest level, and that gives us cause to look towards the coming season with considerable optimism and confidence."
The car is due to complete a shakedown test with the new engine in the next fortnight.
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