Sportscar endurance racing team Murphy Prototypes has announced that it is to run the official Ave-Riley LMP3 entry in this year’s European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The recently concluded deal will see US-based engineering and prototyping services group ‘3-Dimensional’ become intrinsic partner to the team, for what will be the new car’s first season of competition.
The Ave-Riley AR-2 is the latest addition to the LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype class 3) grid, and is the result of a joint venture between two North Carolina-based companies: Ave Motorsport – who will be responsible for assembling the new prototype sportscars – and Riley Technologies, the constructor of the Daytona Prototype chassis.
The Murphy Prototypes LMP3 program will see a brand new partnership formed between the team and 3-Dimensional Services Group. The company is a well established engineering operation with locations in the USA and Europe that specializes in metal stamping, injection molding, casting, machining and assembly for functional prototypes and low-volume production.
“After four years of competition in the European Le Mans Series as a private entry, we are delighted to be running a factory endorsed team for the first time”, said team principal Greg Murphy. We are also pleased to continue our partnership with Oreca engines into LMP3. “We are confident that our experience of competing at the front of the field in the LMP2 category, both in the ELMS and at Le Mans, combined with our new partnership with 3-Dimensional, means that we will hit the ground running from the start of the season.”