AURUS, the new Russian brand luxury cars will enter motorsports with G-Drive Racing in 2019
25 September 2023
Press release , April 2nd 2019
AURUS was revealed for the first time on the international scene at the last Geneva
International Motorshow. The AURUS SENAT Limousine is in fact the benchmark of Russian
technology, and announces the arrival of new luxury car manufacturer on the international
Thanks to the consideration of the ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) who has understood
the power of this investment, AURUS will now also enter the European and worldwide
endurance races, in order to mark a successful milestone in the history of Motorsports.
G-Drive Team was FIA WEC World Champion in 2015 and has collected all the European
championship titles since 2016. In 2019, the team will defend its title running the LMP2
AURUS 01 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ELMS season as well as some WEC races. A
new prototype enters the endurance racing and will clearly highlight the active participation of
the Russian manufacturer.
The race car, equipped with a 4.2-liter atmospheric V8 engine that develops about 600 hp
was designed by ORECA. The driver line-up promises a good start in the history of Russian
motorsport with Russian driver Roman Rusinov, French star Jean-Eric Vergne and Dutch Job
#26 AURUS 01 will be on the 2019 Le Mans 24 hours starting grid, will complete the full
ELMS season as well the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
About AURUS : Russian car manufacturer presented its new AURUS SENAT Limousine and AURUS
SENAT for the first time outside Russia at the Geneva International Motorsport this year. The new
luxury cars reflects Russian technology and know-how and were developed by the best Russian and
world experts in Moscow. With a 4.4 V8 engine that develops 598 hp, and is additionally supported by
an electric engine, the limo seems to be the longest and most powerful limousine in the world.
AURUS enters now motorsports with an LMP2 prototype and will be the Russian make to remember in
motorsport in the coming years.
During the whole 2019 endurance season, AURUS will be present on the international and European
races, and will welcome prestigious and worldwide renown guests at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
About G-Drive Racing : G-Drive Racing... that means 62 races, 27 podiums, 24 pole positions and
23 race wins... G-Drive has entered endurance racing in 2013, and the team was LMP2 FIA WEC
World Champion in 2015 with the drivers Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal and Sam Bird. In 2016, 2017
and 2018, the team was crowned ELMS champion. The team participated at all the 24 Hours of Le
Mans since 2013.