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Judd Among Canidates for LMP2 Spec Engine Supplier

Engine Developments Ltd. placing bid to become spec LMP2 engine provider…

Photo: Krohn Racing

Photo: Krohn Racing

Engine Developments Ltd., the manufacturer of Judd engines, has thrown its hat into mix for the 2017 LMP2 single-engine supply tender, it has been revealed. (En Français)

The British manufacturer, which won the 2013 and 2014 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 championships, currently supplies Krohn Racing with its Judd HK V8 powerplant and is hopeful of securing the spec contract.

“We’re interested in this program and we will submit a bid for the supply of engines,” Engine Developments Ltd. General Manager Stan Hall told Endurance-Info.

“As you probably know, the engine will be a naturally aspirated engine with a displacement of four liters or more, most likely.

“We believe this is the correct choice of engine for this category, based on cost and ease of application.”

“Some believe that the engine should be a four-cylinder turbo, but in reality, this is only relevant for manufacturers marketing objectives production cars. It’s not the best technical solution for this category LMP2.”

The ACO confirmed last month that its tender process for the spec LMP2 engine will not include auto manufacturers, in order to allow for team-specific branding of the powerplant, which will be used in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European and Asian Le Mans Series.

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, meanwhile, will remain open to multiple engine manufacturers with its Prototype class.

“We are a bit disappointed by the fact that, with this proposal, there will be no competition between engine manufacturers, but we understand the rationale that governed the decision and we will work hard to become the engine provider to be designated,” Hall added.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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