After a strong debut as provider of the Mazda MZR-R engine for the Indy Lights series in 2015, Advanced Engine Research Ltd. is looking for an even more successful campaign in 2016.
A total of 16 drivers competed in Indy Lights in either a full-time or part-time capacity on the 10-race 2015 schedule, with all races featuring between 11 to 13 cars. Given interest during the offseason and some already announced new programs, it’s likely the series will see even more drivers and teams in the 2016 campaign.
“We’re prepared to support as many additional teams as the series is able to recruit,” AER managing director Mike Lancaster said in a media release.
The Basildon, Essex, England company developed the so-called P63 specifically for use in the new Dallara Indy Lights chassis in 2015, borrowing heavily from the company’s four-cylinder, 2-liter sports car engine.
Tasked with providing a powerful and reliable engine that was also cost-effective, AER did just that, as fields averaged between 11 and 13 cars during the past season.
The all-aluminum structure weighs 230 lbs and produces 450 horsepower – with an additional 50 hp with the push-to-pass feature.
In addition, because the engines are designed to go at least 6,000 miles before requiring maintenance or a rebuild, that means the P63 provided a very cost-effective lease for the entire 10-race season.