AER’s New P63 Engine Shows its Speed at Indianapolis
 August 18, 2014| 
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BASILDON, ESSEX, ENGLAND – Clocking 400 flawless miles around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval, Advanced Engine Research’s new P63 Indy Lights engine demonstrated its performance and reliability. Over the course of a two-day test last week (August 12 & 14), Tristan Vautier and Conor Daly shared time behind the wheel of the new Dallara IL-15 chassis, which is powered by AER’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

“The engine performed well, we ran a lot of laps and we had no issues with it,” said Daly, 2010 Pro Mazda Champion, 2011 Indy Lights race winner and 2013 Indianapolis 500 competitor, who put in the bulk of the miles.  “I was very impressed by the reliability and the stable power band. We were approaching 200 mph in fifth gear and we had not even used sixth yet, so it is an exciting indication for the future. The engine and the car are a step ahead in every way. Everything is at a whole new level, which is exactly the right direction for the future.”

Mike Lancaster, Managing Director for AER, said he was pleased with the testing results of the P63 engine and its upcoming contributions to racing. After taking time to thank Indy Lights Series head Dan Andersen, Lancaster noted that he and his AER colleagues were “excited about our partnership with the Indy Lights Series and becoming part of the Road to Indy. The series has a long history of developing future Indy Car stars and we are glad to be part of that tradition and to help foster its future growth.”

Lancaster also noted that the P63-powered IL-15 showed impressive speed at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during its first test earlier in the month. Vautier turned a lap that bettered the previous weekend’s Indy Lights pole time by more than half a second. 

Andersen attended both the Mid-Ohio and Indianapolis tests.  “I’m very impressed not just with the performance of the P63, but with its ability to run an entire season without a rebuild. The economy of operation is an equally strong point to its impressive power. It sounds great – spectators are going to appreciate that – and when you look at the engine close up the quality of manufacture is very impressive. We are very happy with what AER has done.”

“The enthusiasm and approval of the car and engine design is universal,” Andersen said. "During  the test, I looked at Michelle Kish (operations chief for the series) and told her I thought we had something special here." 

Andersen said he currently has nine teams committed for 2015 when the new chassis-engine combination makes its debut. “They’ve signed on and paid their registration fees. And we have more that I expect to sign up in coming days, including two of the top current Indy Lights teams. Plus, we have IndyCar teams, such as Rahal and Foyt who are seriously considering it, along with some former Atlantic teams that are pretty far down the road in making a decision. A lot of credit goes to Dallara and AER for producing something here that everyone wants to play with.”
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