Dunlop organized this week a quiz to test your new tyres to the LMP2. These tests took place in Sebring, and at the same took part in one of the Oreca 07 of Rebellion Racing, the Ligier JS p127 it from ESM, and the Dallara of team Racing Team Nederland. A test which also allow to see in action for the first time three of the four LMP2 of new generation put out for bid by the FIA and the ACO, has left the first conclusions of the actual speed of these prototypes. And as was saying, these LMP2 are very fast.
own Dunlop confessed that some of the times marked by these LMP2 in this test at Sebring divided the timesheets that made the three Audi R18 TDI during the qualifying session of the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2012. Although the exact times will not be disclosed, this fact implies that the LMP2 have been shot between 1:45.820 that marked the Audi R18 #1 and the 1:46.935 that marked the Audi R18 #3. Although it is difficult to say at what time have been able to zoom in more, the average of both records and let the LMP2 have been shot around the 1:45.5.
A registry is very to take into account and which shows the speed of the LMP2 specification FIA with engine Gibson. Although there are nuances due to variations between the regulations in IMSA and the WEC, the pole position of the 12 Hours of Sebring marked by the LMP2 Michael Shank set in a time of 1:51.217. Taking into account these nuances, we can say that the new generation of LMP2 has been nearly six seconds faster that the Ligier JS P2 with Honda engine that they scored the best time at Sebring only a few months ago.
A trend that can also be extrapolated to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2012, the best Audi R18 Ultra -non-hybrid – marked a best time in qualifying of 3:24.078. Although the circuit has been tinkering and evolution of the prototypes LMP1 has been remarkable, seeing the equivalency in Sebring you could say that the new LMP2 will be at times close to the 3:27. Taking into account that the best lap in qualifying of the class LMP2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race of 2016 was 3:36.605, confirmed the improvement of 8 to 10 seconds of the new generation of LMP2 compared to their predecessors.