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  Rebellion R-One AER

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Country of origin:Switzerland
Produced in:2015
Predecessor:Rebellion R-One Toyota
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:June 15, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHaving successfully relied on Lola-sourced car for many seasons, the Anglo-Swiss Rebellion Racing team switched to a proprietary LMP1 chassis for the 2014 season. Although dubbed the Rebellion R-One, the car was designed and built by specialists Oreca in France. Powered by a Toyota Motorsport (TMG) supplied V8, the R-One was the quickest of the non-hybrid machines in its class but could never rival the works cars.

At the end of the season, Rebellion decided to end their longterm partnership with TMG and switch to the newly developed AER P60 engine. This 90°, all-aluminium V6 had been specifically developed for the latest LMP1 regulations. It tipped the scales at little over 110 kg and although never officially revealed, has a two-litre displacement. It was mated to an XTrac-sourced seven-speed gearbox and mounted in the back of the existing R-One chassis.

It took more time than expected to get the cars ready, so the Rebellion Racing team sat out the two opening races of the 2015 season. The AER-engined machines finally debuted at the Official Le Mans test and immediately ran very strongly. Still no match for the works team, it was substantially quicker than the similarly engined CLM. In the actual 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team had its fair share of problems but remarkably both cars made it to the finish in what was their first competitive outing.

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