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ByKolles using Nissan GT-R LM engine for 2017

25 January 2017

Privateer LMP1 team, ByKolles, has ditched AER in favour of Nissan for the 2017 WEC season, using the Nissan Nismo VRX 30A Evo three-litre V6 engine.

The team will use the V6 turbocharged Nissan engine which was originally co-developed by Cosworth and used for the short-live Nissan GT-R LM Nismo programme.

“Engine supply from Nismo is of great significance to our team”, said ByKOLLES head of operations Boris Bermes. “After having to deal with many setbacks in the past due to engine reliability issues, for the 2017 season, we’re expecting a significant improvement in terms of both reliability as well as performance.”

ByKolles confirmed that the engine will be mated to an Xtrac Gearbox, while the team had made some significant developments with respect to the heavily revised CLM P1/01 chassis.

“We’re relentlessly working on numerous additional improvements to our car,” added Bermes. “As a result of the changes in regulations for 2017, we will be able to make big improvements to both the front and the rear, particularly in aerodynamics. In addition to that, our design engineers have achieved a reduction in weight, and have introduced comprehensive updates to mechanical components. We’re already looking forward to the first tests with our fully revamped CLM P1/01.”

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