British built engines cover half million kms since their debut
Repton based engine manufacturer Gibson Technology is celebrating after reaching a milestone with their LMP2 engines at Portimao ELMS. During the 4 hour race the GK428 engines reached an impressive 500,000 kms of track use since the fleet’s debut in September 2016.
The last year has seen the largest number of Gibson engines powering all LMP2 teams exclusively in FIA WEC, ELMS and the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as various teams in the IMSA Weathertech Championship. It is an accumulation of all the track time during these races that resulted in the 500,000kms covered during the Portimao ELMS with the 4.2litre V8 engine.
During the world famous Le Mans 24 hours the performance of the Gibson engines was unprecedented, with reliability second to none, especially given the extreme temperatures and conditions. An impressive 21 out of the 25 Gibson-powered LMP2s finished the 24 hours, with the 4 retirements unrelated to engine issues.
“Gibson don’t regard our reliability as remarkable, just the normal service we have provided during 21 years of supplying engines to our customers in F3000, LMP2, A1GP, AutoGP, Renault World Series and FV8 3.5”, said Bill Gibson, Chairman of Gibson Technology. “Our thanks go to all our current customers and partners involved in the completion of 500,000 kms in LMP2 cars and everyone who has helped to create the truly outstanding history of our engine family.”