Posts Tagged ‘RML’

Chevrolet pulls out of BTCC

Chevrolet 2011 BTCC challengerAutosport have confirmed that Chevrolet is pulling out of British Touring Car Championship competition. It’s a move that many fans were predicting when their star driver, Jason Plato, announced his move to MG last week.

Chevrolet won the BTCC manufacturers’ crown in 2010, and Jason Plato the drivers’ title with them. The team fought for eight wins in 2011, but struggled for outright pace against many of the turbo powered opposition.

Autosport reports that Chevrolet and RML, who run the team, will be focusing efforts on retaining their World Touring Car Championship crowns with drivers Yvan Muller, Rob Huff and Alain Menu. Read the rest of this entry »

RML & Lola to host MIA School of Race Engineering

Race EngineerThe Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) has announced that Lola and RML are the ‘classroom’ locations for their Race Engineering School over the weekends of 26/27 November and 3/4 December.

The School is open to all Race engineers, their employers, and engineering under-graduates and graduates. Employers want engineers who can ‘hit the ground running’ with the latest knowledge and techniques – this School aims to deliver just that by making on-track race management ‘come alive’ by answering questions not found in any textbook.

Race Engineering calls for a special blend of ‘formal’ engineering knowledge plus hands-on, practical skills. This is a real challenge which the MIA and the motorsport industry are working to overcome. The course tutors, Dan Walmsley of Strakka Racing, and Jay Davenport of MW Arden GP3, are world class, winning, young race engineers. Read the rest of this entry »

RML AD Group turfed off the 6 Hours of Silverstone podium

RML AD Group HPD ARXC-01dA near-faultless run at the Silverstone 6 Hours, round 4 of the Le Mans Series, was rewarded with fourth place at the flag for Tommy Erdos, Mike Newton and Ben Collins in the RML AD Group HPD ARXC-01d.

A podium looked on the cards, and Ben was holding third when a length of Silverstone’s Astroturf became wrapped around the front of the car. The team had to remove the offending fabric during a late splash and dash pitstop, adding vital seconds to a very tight margin. Read the rest of this entry »

RML AD Group stays positive after testing Imola

RML car at ImolaIt takes more than a couple of blown turbos to wipe the smile off Mike Newton’s face, and he shared the team’s positive outlook on a race in which the final result hid a very encouraging discovery. RML AD Group’s preparations for last weekend’s Imola 6 Hours had not only been disrupted by the Italian weather, but also carried the legacy of the serious accident sustained at Spa. That had destroyed the team’s original HPD ARX-01d chassis, and the squad arrived for Round 3 of the 2011 Le Mans Series after very limited running with the LMS homologated package.

In a bold move on Saturday, between final practice and qualifying, the team made some radical changes to the car’s set-up, and it paid dividends – not in outright pace for qualifying, where the car’s lack of horsepower continues to restrict top-end performance – but in creating a car that was perfectly suited to racing the Imola track. Read the rest of this entry »

RML reflect on 2011 Le Mans

RML car at Le MansThe guys over at RML have returned from a particularly challenging 2011 Le Mans, and taken a moment to reflect on this year’s race. I’ve posted their full release about the event below, it makes for some interesting reading for all you sportscar fans out there. Read the rest of this entry »

RML AD Group ready to race at Le Mans

RML HPD ARX-01d Le Mans contenderAfter one of the most intense periods that anyone in the team can remember, RML AD Group is in positive mood ahead of this weekend’s 79th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. Just four weeks ago the squad’s HPD ARX-01d was virtually destroyed in a high-speed accident in practice for the Spa 1000 Kilometres, yet the team overcame a logistical mountain to have a replacement car ready for this week. Arriving with realistic aspirations, the team has been very pleased with the progress made in free practice and qualifying, and everyone is looking forward to the race with confidence. Read the rest of this entry »

RML AD Group gearing up for Le Mans 24 Hours

RML team at Le MansThe RML AD Group HPD-ARX successfully passed through scrutineering yesterday to complete the first stage in the build-up to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Merely having a car ready for technical inspection in the city centre at Le Mans was a significant achievement for the team, following the destruction of the former De Ferran Motorsports “tub” in practice for the Spa 1000 Kilometres. The replacement chassis arrived just a week before the car was due for despatch to France, and the team at Wellingborough worked against the clock to have the car rebuilt in time for a pre-event shakedown at Snetterton last Friday.

The chaps at RML AD Group have posted a report on Scrutineering on the website, and this will be followed over the coming days by detailed coverage of the team’s week at Le Mans.

RML left wanting in LMP2


After a couple of trouble-free days testing their all-new HPD ARX-01d at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France the RML AD Group are, mostly, pleased with the performance of their new challenger. All three drivers; Mike Newton, Tommy Erdos and Ben Collins, offered unanimously enthusiastic verdicts on the Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research designed chassis, while the new HPD V6 twin-turbo received the thumbs-up for strength and reliability.

However, the team doesn’t appear to be very happy with the new regulations, having concerns about the outright top speed in comparison prototypes and the leading GT and Formula Le Mans cars. “The HPD appears to have suffered even more under the new regulations than the rest, and the speed trap figures cannot hide the fact that the car is significantly disadvantaged along the straights” says the press release.

While top speed may be a cause for concern the car’s handling certainly isn’t.  “The car is an absolute dream to drive,” said Tommy Erdos. “It’s early days yet, and we still have a great deal to learn, but already I can see the enormous potential we have here. These two days have established an excellent foundation to build upon. The car is stable and sure-footed, very predictable, and it goes through the corners as if it’s racing on Magnatrack! From that point of view, this has been a very encouraging start.

“The handling characteristics are tremendous,” said Phil Barker, RML Team Manager. “Unfortunately, the overall performance is being hampered by the restrictor size and the additional weight we’re being made to carry. We can only hope that the ACO recognises this, and makes some adjustments. The ACO tell us that the Le Mans Series is the “spirit of racing”, but what we’re facing here isn’t in the right spirit. There’s not a class out there that can’t drive by us on the straight, and that’s not right.”

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