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  HPD ARX-01e

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Country of origin:Japan
Produced in:2011
Designed by:Wirth Research for HPD
Successor:HPD ARX-03a
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 14, 2011
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHighcroft Racing has unveiled its new Honda Performance Development ARX-01e LMP1 machine - the new car which the back-to-back American Le Mans Series champions will take into battle at the 2011 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

While the tub and engine of the ARX-01e may have come from last year's championship-winning LMP2 ARX-01c machine, that is where the similarities end.

The new car features a heavily revised aerodynamic and suspension package design and built by HPD's partner, Wirth Research.

In LMP1 spec, the engine is fed by a larger air restrictor to combat the additional 50kg required for the LMP1 class (900kg).While the HPD engineers toiled away on the durability testing of the engine at the higher power specification, Wirth Research worked hard to develop the new aero package, which has been designed with an eye to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Compared to the LMP2 car, the ARX-01e also features wider Michelin tires on both the front (wider by 1.18") and rear (wider by 2.36").

"The way the rules have gone this year, it seemed like a natural fit to take the engine that has been so successful in the LMP2 class and use the basis of that for the LMP1 class," said Steve Eriksen, HPD Vice President.

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