2011 - Le Mans / #22 - V. Ickx, M. Martin, B. Leinders
The Lola-Aston Martin B09/60, also known as the Aston Martin DBR1-2, is a Le Mans Prototype LMP1 sports car, designed and built by Lola Cars International, jointly developed with Prodrive for Aston Martin Racing, conceived to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Le Mans Endurance Series Championship. The model was powered by the same atmospheric engine used on the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 , that, thanks to the larger air restrictors allowed in the LMP1 category for production based blocks, reached 660 Hp. The motor itself was made of aluminium, with a displacement of 5.935 cm3. Chassis consists of a carbon fibre monocoque designed by Lola and developed by Prodrive and Aston Martin. Specifically, the aero package was redesigned in order to match technical and marketing needs. The front of the car was redesigned to bear an unmistakable Aston Martin grille shape. This particular model, n.22, raced the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011, driven by V. Ickx, M. Martin and B. Leinders.
The Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Sport Prototype was designed in the mid 1960s to race in the World Sports Car Championship. Eventually it succeeded and won the Manufacturers’ Championship in 1975, and again in 1977.
Designed by Carlo Chiti, a famous Italian engineer, the several variants of the car were raced by the Alfa factory and by many privateers as well.
After the initial victories in the 2-litres Prototype category, the ‘T33/3’ version made its debut in 1969 and gained its best results in the 1971 World Championship: the Autodelta ‘open’ Prototypes won the overall ranking at Brands Hatch, Watkins Glen and the Targa Florio, being even faster than the 5-litres ‘Sport’ cars. The ‘T33/3’ cars featured a monocoque chassis, paneled in aluminium and magnesium, a V8 2998 cc engine, and a 6 or 5 speed gearbox. Top speed reached 330 km/h, at Le Mans with long tail. This specific model of the Alfa 33/3 reproduces the car owned by Alfa Romeo collector Joe Nastasi, as it was tested on the Pocono circuit. The same car is often seen at various historic car shows and races, such as the Targa Florio of 2014.