New goals and regulations for LMP1 in the WEC


The agonizing end of the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has eclipsed any time lived along the weekend, but what is certain is that the quote in The Sarthe has served for the Automobile Club de l’ouest (ACO) finding the keys to the technical regulations of the LMP1 for the coming years. The objective is to achieve a greater openness of regulatory for manufacturers to have more options of hybrid technology, at the same time that the private computers without hybrid technology may be something closer to the LMP1-hybrid manufacturers.

With Audi, Toyota and Porsche as the only manufacturers involved, at least for the moment, it draws up a new status quo in which the ACO want to include in your ‘Equivalent of Technology’ (read ‘Balance of Performance’ of the LMP1) energy alternatives such as biomethanol and hydrogen, creating an equivalence of performance with the current thrusters of gasoline and diesel used by these three brands. However, this is a long-term goal, being measures as the security of the dwellings in the foreground, thus following the line marked by the technical regulations of the new GTE.

With this in order to equalize the forces between the LMP1-official and private to the couple that reduce consumption, in 2017, will enter into force the first two measures designed by the ACO. The LMP1 private will receive ailerons wider and advantages in terms of weight, whereas the prototypes officers will see reduced aerodynamic drag with splitter front and diffusers more simple. For his part, and of face-to-2018, is evaluating the possibility of equipping a DSR to the LMP1 private, while LMP1 officers may have a third energy recovery system (ERS) for the two current and a new class of energy recovery of 10 MJ.