New hypercars and significantly lower budgets for WEC since 2020

New hypercars and significantly lower budgets for WEC since 2020

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ACO and FIA outlined the future of endurance racing. The discipline’s new premier league will come into play in 2020, introducing sleekly designed racing cars with distinctive branding – a new generation of supercars and hypercars.

These remarkable machines will have a hybrid system, a front-axle KERS. They will also be as fast as current prototypes, with estimated Le Mans lap times of 3:20. Above all, these cars will be more affordable. The underlying idea of the new regulations is that performance should bear less relation to pocket depth. A quarter of today’s LMP1 budgets will suffice to be a top-class player tomorrow while there are no restrictions on engine suppliers. Many manufacturers have already expressed interest in the new generation of premier league endurance racing cars.

Meanwhile, a collection of superb-looking machines, with varying technical specifications, will be rivalling for the FIA World Endurance Championship podium at the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours. As usual, the rules will be devised so as to obtain a balanced field of competitors, encourage competitiveness across the board and uphold the spirit of endurance racing.

The ACO will be introducing a special class for hydrogen-powered cars as of 2024

An ACO/FIA workgroup is already in place, examining the issues involved in the new technology and consulting a wide range of experts on the subject.

The future is nothing if not ecological and the ACO announced a partnership with enterprise Carbon Forest+ to counter the carbon emissions of the race, starting this year.

Finally, the ACO will launch the Le Mans Esports Series. It will work together with WEC and global technology and media company Motorsport Network. The eSeries final will coincide with the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans.