After a marriage that lasted since 2011, Rebellion Racing will not use the Toyota RV8KLM V8 engine in its cars, as the Bart Hayden-led squad will change to the AER P60 V6 twin turbo powerplant for its Rebellion R-One LMP1 models.
Mr. Hayden thanked Toyota for providing their V8 engines to Rebellion Racing R-Ones and Lolas, and is expecting good things of his new V6 Turbo engine, which was first seen in action in the FIA World Endurance Championship last year in the Lotus CLM P1/01 car.
But, although the new engine is good news to the swiss team, they had to make the statement that they will be absent of the Prologue test at Paul Ricard, as well of the 6 Hours of Silverstone, because the new engine still needs to be properly fitted in the R-One chassis, which will need the help of ORECA to develop the proper modifications.
Another problem that Rebellion Racing needs to deal with is about the driver lineups for their two cars, as speculation puts German Nick Heidfeld in a Nissan seat and Mathias Beche was testing with Toyota at Motorland Aragon last week, indicating a future Toyota test driver role for him.
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