Andersen Promotions announced that Advanced Engine Research will supply the engines for the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.
AER, owned by Rob and Chris Dyson and Mike Lancaster, was selected following a review of proposals submitted by five prospective suppliers. The deal extends through 2019.
The slightly modified, long-mileage version of the multiple sportscar championship-winning AER-P07 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be mated to the new Dallara chassis. Testing begins in August 2014.
"I am very grateful for the tremendous amount of interest from so many manufacturers in our 2015 Indy Lights car," said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. "The AER engine we have selected for use in the new Indy Lights car is a great unit with proven reliability and performance. With its light weight and push-to-pass feature, we will have a strong package for our drivers which will make for great racing and training. Rob and Chris Dyson have been friends for years. When I learned of their involvement in AER, it made the decision so much easier. They are true professionals, and I look forward to many years together on this exciting project."
With an expected 6,000 miles between rebuilds, the AER-P07 Indy Lights engine is designed to run a full season without major maintenance. AER will provide trackside support as well as the necessary engine service and between-season rebuilds. The engines will be available for lease through Andersen Promotions.
In its Indy Lights version the AER-P07 will produce approximately 450 horsepower, with additional power available via a driver-controlled "push-to-pass" feature. The all-aluminum engine has a dry crated weight of 230 pounds. The fully stressed engine features a carbon plenum, carbon inlet runners and trumpets and a drive-by-wire throttle control. Advanced engine management electronics have been developed in-house by AER with full active-knock control, ignition-angle learning, advanced boost control and integrated gear-shift strategies employed for ultimate performance.
"This is an exciting opportunity for AER," said Rob Dyson. "In addition to our successful projects in LMP1 and LMP2 prototype sportscars, the company has extensive experience in single-engine series, including a 3.5-liter V6 for the World Series by Nissan and the current GP3 Series V6 engines. The opportunity to supply the engines for the Indy Lights series was a very attractive one for us. We look forward to powering the growth of the up and coming open-wheel drivers in North America."