Longtime sports car engine builder Judd confirmed Monday that it is developing a new V8 power plant to be made available for LMP1 customers competing in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.
Derived from its DB 3.4-liter V8 currently used in LMP1, Judd’s new engine has been increased to 4.4 liters, in order to provide an optimal combination of power and fuel economy as required by the new fuel-limited regulations for 2014.
“After lengthy discussion with various chassis manufacturers and simulation work we chose the V8 naturally aspirated path as the most sensible and cost efficient way in which to provide a reliable and competitive powerplant to customer teams in 2014 and beyond,” explained John Judd.
“It became clear as a result of our work and these discussions that the V8 N/A engine was the correct configuration.
“In some respects our V10 platform may have been an attractive proposition but amongst other considerations it was felt that this option was not ideal with the reduced minimum weight for LMP1 cars in 2014.
“Having chosen the V8 option we are pleased that our simulation work has been confirmed. We are very happy with the performance of the engine to date and have met all our targets.”
According to the Britush manufacturer, the engine has been running since July and recently completed an extensive dyno test program. Further dyno testing is planned prior to a hopeful on-track debut early next year.
Judd is the third engine manufacturer to officially confirm a supply of customer LMP1 powerplants, joining Toyota and Honda Performance Development.
It’s understood AER is also working on an engine option for privateers next year.