Dyson Testing At Sebring Last Week
”The test went incredibly well last week,” says Chris
Dyson – a view endorsed by Mike Lancaster at AER.
“I completed over 100 trouble-free laps on
our first day evaluating tires and dampers, and then we did another
marathon test the second day and logged 121 laps on the latest spec
AER V8, which ran flawlessly.”
So Chris Dyson is happy, and the test pleased Mike
Lancaster immensely too, because there were a number of changes
to the AER V8.
“The idea of the test from the engine point
of view was to run some new engine components to improve durability
and performance, and to run some new electronics.
“On the mechanical side, we’ve made
a fairly significant change to the scavenge pump assembly, to make
it tougher for 2007, and we’ve also worked on the cylinder
head sealing to make that more robust.
“The spec. for 2007 is now settled and for
next year we’ve gained some performance and improved the durability.
“On the electronics, we’ve changed the
wastegate and developed some new software for it. Basically there
are now no adjustments on the wastegate, the electronics just tells
it what to do.
“We’ve also made some inroads with the
traction control, and that worked very well last week too.”
AER has also been developing its LMP2 engine, with
a completely new coil system to overcome any misfires from that
area “and we’ve completely changed the wastegate design,
to make it more robust,” adds Mike Lancaster.
Chris Dyson wasn’t running alone at Sebring:
“Andy Lally joined us for the second day of the test and did
an excellent job, just as he did a few years ago in our 675 car.”