Arguably one of many highlights from final weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was the off-track announcement for the brand new period of sportscar racing rules.
From 2020 we are going to see the introduction of the hypercars.
Having been mulled over for the reason that departure of automotive heavyweights Porsche and Audi from the highest tier of the World Endurance Championship, the game’s governing physique within the FIA together with the ACO confirmed that the hypercar will take over from the long-standing Le Mans Prototype.
As a substitute of merely track-bred, space-age prototype racers, producers will from 2020 have the ability to homologate their highway going hypercars to race within the World Endurance Championship and the distinguished Le Mans 24 Hour.
Instantly, British sportscar maker Aston Martin dedicated to the rules and can contest the overhauled championship with their Valkyrie hypercar, which was developed for the highway at the side of chief Purple Bull System One designer Adrian Newey.
Toyota, whom sealed back-to-back victories at Le Mans, even have dedicated to staying within the sequence and can exploit the ‘prototype’ a part of the rules, to create a strict racer throughout the confine of the principles – somewhat than adapt a road-going mannequin of their vary.
A mix of enticing dream automobiles that might simply be a poster in your wall from marques globally identified, and bespoke racing prototypes ought to make for a salivating grid for the French endurance traditional sooner or later.
With strict rules to maintain a stage enjoying subject and the divisive ‘Stability of Efficiency’ being enforced as it’s within the GTE classes, to make sure parity amongst the competitors – the hypercar prototypes are set to invoke Le Mans racers of the previous, however with the superior expertise of in the present day comparable to hybrid.
That’s the notion or idea which is most interesting about the way forward for the World Endurance Championship and what’s now making enticing for producers comparable to Aston Martin, Toyota and doubtlessly McLaren decide to the sequence. Whereas evaluating sportscars to System One is at all times a chalk and cheese sort debate – what WEC has completed conceptually must be what System One ought to’ve already dedicated to for it’s watershed 2021 season.
Once more, one other delay from the groups and sport’s homeowners over the cementing of the 2021 rules leaves little optimism that System One might open its door to a brand new period like their sportscar cousins have and see the established order within the championship maintained.
Conceptually the need is to see System One preserve its technological push and simplification of the present hybrid programs, in addition to making a cap on spending to make sure privateer and non-manufacturer groups aren’t so adrift from the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari.
This in flip must convey again the ‘pleasure’ on-track as many have lamented the dearth of within the present championship.
System One apart although, what WEC is ready to embrace needs to be one of the vital anticipated regulation shifts in top-flight motorsport going into the longer term.
Regardless of there nonetheless being one other season underneath the present rulebook to go, commencing in September and as soon as once more concluded at Le Mans in June of 2020 – the eye may be very a lot on the newest revolution in sportscar racing.