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Gibson Selected as 2017 LMP2 Spec Engine Provider

Gibson Technology awarded spec LMP2 engine contract…

Photo: Laurent Chaveau/Endurance-Info

Photo: Laurent Chaveau/Endurance-Info

The FIA, ACO and IMSA have selected Gibson Technology to produce the spec engine that will be used in LMP2 competition worldwide beginning in 2017, with Cosworth having been named as the sole electronics supplier for the new-generation of prototypes.

Gibson, which currently maintains Nissan’s LMP2 powerplants, will produce a four-liter normally aspirated V8, capable of delivering in excess of 600 horsepower, per the new regulations.

It will be the spec engine in the FIA World Endurance Championship, while also being eligible for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and European Le Mans Series, which will both allow multiple engine manufacturers.

The engine will additionally be eligible in the Asian Le Mans Series, which will go through an extended transitional phase of LMP2 machinery.

The British manufacturer won out over four other tenders, which included bids from both Judd and Mecachrome.

“Gibson is extremely privileged to have been chosen as the engine manufacturer to the new LMP2 series and it is a testament to our workforce and the products they have produced over many years,” said Gibson Technology Operations Director John Manchester.

“Gibson has over 20 years experience supplying engines for single make racing series and we are confident that we can make a valuable contribution in helping, what is already a flourishing series, become an even more successful sports car racing category.”

The spec engine will not feature any branding from auto manufacturers, but will be eligible for team-specific branding and potentially also from boutique automakers, under the approval of the FIA Endurance Commission.

Cosworth electronic units, meanwhile, will be equipped in all LMP2 cars worldwide, including in IMSA competition, where the ECUs will play a role in the Balance of Performance between powerplants.

Monday’s confirmation of the spec engine and electronics suppliers comes on the heels of ORECA, Onroak Automotive, Riley-Multimatic and Dallara having been named as the four selected chassis constructors in July.

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Matty

    September 14, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    They at least picked an experienced spec engine builder John. Kudos to FIA-ACO on the choice.

  2. Jason

    September 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    “Gibson, which currently maintains Nissan’s LMP2 powerplants, will produce a four-liter normally aspirated V8, capable of delivering in excess of 600 horsepower, per the new regulations.”

    -Will this make LMP2 cars faster? By how much at a track like Spa?

    • Matt

      September 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      If it is more power than they have now it’s not by very much so I wouldn’t expect a huge difference.

    • Bert

      September 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Wow, 600+ HP. That’s a huge 100+ HP difference.
      They will be quite a lot quicker.

    • Nick1

      September 14, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      The new LMP2 should have quite a bit more power compared to the essentially spec Nissan VK engine

  3. Matt

    September 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Damn the judd wouldve atleast sounded good.

    • Matt

      September 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Yeah but I have a feeling this will sound descent as well.

  4. Ed

    September 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Matt: Remember, Gibson only mandatory in Europe. IMSA expects to still have several different engines with different configurations. The Nissan engines have been very competitive in LMP2 but I do like the sound of some of the others. High pitched, Judd V10 and some of the V8 TT’s sound pretty. Back in the day, the V12’s and the Mazda Rotary’s sounded good too.

    • Matty

      September 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Yes Ed, but we don’t know yet how much juice the IMSA options will push out. That will influence whether Taylor,, or AXR would consider a stab at the 24 Hours of Le Mans or not.

      • Max

        September 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        IMSA’s P2s have been producing more horsepower for a while. It’s likely that this is the same level of performance already and it’ll definitely be the same come 2017.

        • Scott Pruett

          September 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm

          A lot of people forget that the majority of tracks in the US are simply tailored for power rather than handling. That said, I’d be surprise if GM, Mazda, maybe BMW don’t have options in the mix.

          Then again, who knows

          • D.O.G.

            September 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

            Huh? American tracks favor power? What’s with the Penske Porsche kicking LMP1 behind in the ALMS then?

  5. L. Perry

    September 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    It will be the spec engine of the ELMS. ELMS will allow multiple engines in the same manner that they will be allowed at Le Mans, only for visiting IWSC teams, not full time ELMS/WEC teams.

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