Hypercars given green light to race at Le Mans
The FIA World Championship Technical Regulations for the 2020-2021 season, that will see the advent of Hypercars in the top category of competition, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, have been ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at a meeting in Cologne, Germany in early October. These regulations were formulated and proposed by the FIA Endurance Commission, a joint entity between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the FIA.
The decisions specifically concern the new top category of the WEC intended for Hypercars, and amendments to the LMP2 category. The intended performance of this new class of car was slightly revised to help reduce the costs and, in order to maintain consistency between the prototype categories, it was also decided to reduce the performance level slightly in LMP2. In order to achieve these performance reduction objectives without incurring additional investment from competitors, the ACO and FIA technical teams are favouring technical parameters that do not affect the homologation of the chassis. Engine power is therefore the most likely candidate for modification.
Given their popularity, LMP2 cars will be accepted in competition for an extra year and remain eligible until June 2022 for the FIA WEC and end of December 2022 for the other endurance series. Extending until the series until the end of the 2021/2022 WEC season and end of the 2022 ELMS season, will help teams and LMP chassis manufacturers further amortise their investment.