Gibson Technology lands engine-supply contract for LMP2 from 2017

British motorsport engineering specialist Gibson Technology has won the contract to supply the one-make engine for the new 2017 LMP2 category

Gibson Technology lands engine-supply contract for LMP2 from 2017

Gibson, formerly Zytek Engineering, will supply a four-litre normally-aspirated V8 that will be mandatory for new chassis running in the World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series from 2017.

The FIA and Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which have jointly written the new P2 rule book, have also announced that Cosworth will supply the electronics for the new engines.

Cosworth's contract will also cover the IMSA SportsCar Championship (currently known as the Tudor United SportsCar Championship), which will remain open to different engine suppliers when the new rules come into force.

A statement from the FIA and the ACO said: "Gibson Technology and Cosworth Electronics have been chosen according to criteria of performance, quality, reliability, service, maintenance and price competitiveness.

Gibson is a stalwart of the P2 division as both a supplier of chassis and engines, most recently as the service provider for the Nissan 4.5-litre V8.

Technical details of the Gibson V8, which will produce 600bhp with lower running costs than the current breed of P2 powerplant, will be announced at a later date, according to the joint statement.

The four constructors - ORECA, Dallara, Onroak/Ligier and Riley/Multimatic - allowed to build cars for the new category were announced in July.

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