There will be an additional engine supplier for LMP1 privateers beginning next year, with Engine Developments announcing plans to make available an updated powerplant in partnership with Japanese outfit AIM.
The 5.5-liter, normally aspirated V10 engine, developed jointly between the two companies, is derived from AIM’s former P1 powerplant that finished fourth overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010.
“We have carefully studied the technical regulations, in particular the ongoing evolution of the maximum allowed fuel flow for non-ERS cars,” a statement from Judd read.
“Having discussed the various options available to us such as a V6 turbo, naturally aspirated V8 or V10 with the various potential chassis manufacturers for LMP1, we have concluded that the AIM 90 degree V10 will offer the best possible combination of performance, reliability and cost effectiveness to privateer entrants.”
Judd’s offering joins AER, which currently supplies the Rebellion and ByKolles teams with a V6 turbo engine, as the only two current engine options for LMP1 privateers.
It’s understood both Rebellion and ByKolles plan to remain with AER next year.
A longtime supplier of prototype engines, Judd lost out on the LMP2 single-engine contract to Gibson Technology in July.