The FIA has given the green light to the changes in the technical regulations of the LMP1 private (LMP1-L) ahead of the season 2017. With the aim of improving the competitiveness of the prototypes managed by private teams in relation to the LMP1 hybrids officers, these models will receive a series of advantages at the level of design, weight, aerodynamics, and use of components. In addition, it has also fixed the date of the 85th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a test that will take place between the days 17 and 18 June 2017. The official test will be two weeks before, on 4 June.
The private teams that manage at least one LMP1 – L, and that, in principle, throughout 2017 will be Rebellion Racing and ByKolles will not have restrictions on the ability of the engine. To date were limited to 5.5 litres. In addition, there is also a limitation on the number of engines used throughout the season. In this line, the prototype private should only have a single metered flow of fuel, at the same time that it removes the obligation to equip a torque wrench. With these measures it is expected that the LMP1 private are more powerful.
out of these changes at the mechanistic level, it has also been stated that the LMP1-L have a minimum weight of 830 kilos, thus lowering by 20 kilograms to the current weight. Finally, the aerodynamic design of the LMP1 private also will be modified already to allow tailfins larger and a greater width in the design of the front part of the body. As for the rumored DRS, the system is in evaluation and in case of getting to the LMP1-L in 2017 will have big differences in relation to the ‘Drag Reduction System’ that we know.