Non-hybrid LMP1s slowed in EoT change
Equivalency of Technology adjustments made to privateer entrants in the World Endurance Championship opener, the Six Hours of Spa, have made non-hybrids in the LMP1 class slower.
The EoT for the race confirms that the privateer LMP1s will have to work around a reduction to both fuel capacity and power, compared to last month’s Prologue pre-season test at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France. The adjustments to the EoT means that the teams running non-hybrid LMP1s will have roughly 14 per cent less available energy, and a 6.9 kg reduction in fuel capacity per stint than that which was seen at the Prologue.
The peak power of the non-hybrid LMP1s remains unchanged as the 110 kg per hour limit on fuel flow still stands, however, the changes mean that, as with drivers of the hybrid machines from Toyota, the privateers may now be faced with having to lift and coast in the straights.
The changes have been made after the collection and analysis of data at the Paul Ricard Prologue by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. The test saw Toyota top the time sheets by some four seconds, however, the works entrants were not running according to EoT regulations. Of those cars, complying with the regulations it is understood that the quickest time was posted by the number 11 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AER, although when running in compliance with the EoT regulations, the Toyota was slower than the quickest laps set by the Rebellion-Gibson R-13 and the ENSO CLM-Nissan P1/01.