FIA reveals details of regulations for WEC’s top class
The World Motorsport Council has published the first official details of the top-level prototype regulations set to go into effect in the 2020-21 World Endurance Championship. The most significant detail pertained to the new breed of prototype cars that are set to replace the current LMP1 formula, with the upcoming machinery set to be based on a ‘hypercar concept’.
Additionally, budgets were also mentioned in the World Motorsport Council’s statement, which said that the upcoming regulations would look to target a budget one quarter that of current LMP1 efforts, putting it in the range of Eur25 million per season. .
Although details were scant, more information is set to be revealed at the press conference of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the promoter of the WEC, ahead of next weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The plans for a prototype class which draws design from a marque’s road going offering has been known since being first discussed with industry figures at last year’s World Motorsport Symposium. The new rules aim to maintain similar levels of performance as the current prototype class, but for a significantly lower cost, and have already garnered significant interest among sports car makers, with Toyota, McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Ford among those that participated in roundtable meetings for the new regulations.