Hypercar-Based Prototypes To Headline FIA’s Endurance Racing Series

The FIA has signed off new rules which will permit hypercar-based vehicles to compete in the top-tier of the World Endurance Championship, including at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

On Thursday, the FIA World Motor Sport Council revealed in the Phillippines that future prototype racers will be created on budgets one-quarter of current LMP1 vehicles and that there will be “freedom of design based on a hypercar concept.”

Motorsport reports that additional details will be announced by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest next Friday prior to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The FIA hopes that the new regulations will allow manufacturers to retain their current level of performance but for significantly less money. It is reported that manufacturers won’t be able to use the same level of hybrid technology as they can in LMP1 and that they will be offered an energy-retrieval system instead of developing their own.

Car manufacturers involved in the formation of the new rules included Toyota, Ford, Ferrari, and perhaps most excitingly, both McLaren and Aston Martin.

The two British car manufacturers have both previously expressed their openness to race the Valkyrie and Senna hypercars at the world’s most famous endurance race if regulation changes like those announced were made.

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  • Astonman

    Awesome! The LMP1s have been looking kind of weird.

    • AnklaX

      While I agree, the unrestricted 919 evo actually looks really cool. But it be nice if not all cars looked the same.

  • Ken Lyns

    Hopefully this means more competitive privateer teams as well.

    • One of the point of the meeting was that powertrain should be easily available for anyone. But yeah we’ll have to see how friendly it is to privateer.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    So
    With Toyota included to the list
    We can say we will see the GR super sport soon at least on the tracks

    • Yes, and if Toyota decide to go with GR Super Sport, we probably had to say bye bye to Supra GTE.

  • Vassilis

    Fantastic news!

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов
  • fabri99

    Amazing news. I’m just wondering what will happen to LMP2… I wouldn’t mind a GT2 tier, made up of DTM cars and Super GT500 cars… or, depending on regulations, the Super GT500 could even take part in GT1 class, with appropriate modifications.

    • LMP2 is still tad more cheaper than LMGTP would be, as usual they will become pretty much ground for privateer and upcoming driver. What they should take notes is the rise of LMP3, which shows how expensive LMP2 has become.

      Ummm you know GT1 and GT2 is defunct classes right?

      • fabri99

        Yeah, well, I just assumed the new class will be called GT1, and a mid-LMP2-substitute to be called GT2. Simple names help a lot, though it really depends on what they are planning to do.

        • Ahh right, I think they will stick with GTP, but yeah more to revealed this week at Le Mans, so rather than speculating better for us to wait there.

          Actually LMP2 will exist according to ACO’s Fillon, since they are basically for privateer and that they are used worldwide.

  • Shtekeris

    Oh, that’s so cool. This would actually put those hyper-cars to some good use and motivate others to make even more huper-cars. And it would be great to watch. Awesome!

  • Matthew Boyd

    Yep…There’s a such thing as a “Car God”. It’s been sad watching the LMP1 field dwindle over the past decade :(. Time for a change. I’m sure Toyota isn’t going to be proud of a win this year by default either.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    I’d be happy to see cars like that in WEC again but we’ll have to see how this pans out.

  • Bo Hanan

    Is there a poster available with all the cars lined up?

  • HotnCool

    Interesting

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