Testing began for Acura's 2007 American Le Mans Series program this week with a two-day test at Firebird International Raceway in Arizona. Acura's brand new LM V8 engine was fitted to a Lola B05/40 chassis for the test by Lowe's Fernandez Racing, led by owner/driver Adrian Fernandez, and Honda Performance Development.

According to HPD president Robert Clarke, the new engine, the first designed and developed from the ground up by HPD, has been running on the dyno for three months. Track testing went smoothly, with over 200 trouble-free laps completed in temperatures up to 108 degrees.

Testing will continue in October, in preparation for the debut of three Acura ALMS teams at Sebring in March, with Andretti Green Racing and Highcroft Racing joining Adrian Fernandez' crew.

[Source: ALMS]