Draft plans to show the WEC right into a two-class championship for the Hypercar and new LMGT3 divisions have been rubber stamped at Wednesday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council in Bologna.
An announcement from WEC promoter and Le Mans organiser the Car Membership de l’Ouest defined that the curiosity within the Hypercar and LMGT3 lessons will “lead to some rational changes to the grid”.
“To accommodate these two lessons comfortably, the ACO and the FIA might probably prohibit admission to the WEC to Hypercar and LMGT3 challengers from 2024,” it continued.
“Regardless of this choice, LMP2 stays essential to endurance and can proceed to kind the highest class within the European and Asian Le Mans Collection.
“From 2024, subsequently, the ACO will hold at the least 15 slots open to LMP2 vehicles on the Le Mans grid.”
The growth of the Hypercar grid over the subsequent two seasons with the arrival of LMDh prototypes from Porsche and Cadillac in 2023 after which BMW, Lamborghini and Alpine in 2024 will leave little room for LMP2.
The elevated automotive rely might take the Hypercar subject to in extra of 20 vehicles in 2024, whereas the swap of the pro-am GT class to GT3-based guidelines will open up the WEC to extra producers.
Photograph by: Marc Fleury
It has additionally been introduced that LMP2 equipment will likely be slowed for the third season in a row within the WEC.
Energy of the one-make Gibson V8 will likely be diminished by 10kW or 13bhp and the rev-limit diminished by 500rpm.
Within the ELMS energy will likely be raised by 15kW or 20bhp on 2022 ranges, though the diminished energy figures will apply when vehicles from the European sequence be a part of the WEC at Le Mans.
An additional delay to the introduction of the next-generation of LMP2 equipment has additionally been confirmed by the FIA.
It has been set again to 2026, which represents the fourth delay for a class launched in 2017 with a four-year lifecycle.
Automotive makers competing within the Hypercar class will be capable to enter a most of two vehicles within the producers’ championship.
Any extra vehicles will likely be required to be fielded within the new Hypercar Groups’ World Cup classification, which can even included privateer entries.
The GTE Am class will likely be changed by a LMGT3 class.
Photograph by: Marc Fleury
The ACO and the FIA have firmed up plans for the brand new GT class that may take over from GTE Am in ’24.
The title has been introduced as LMGT3 and concept for the “premium” physique kits introduced at Le Mans in June has been modified: such kits will now be permitted fairly than obligatory.
This follows objections from the GT3 producers, who questioned the necessity to make modifications to the principles of a profitable world class.
The WEC qualifying format will likely be revised for subsequent 12 months with the disappearance of GTE Professional.
Quite than two 10-minute classes for prototypes and GT vehicles on the common six and eight-hour races, every of the three remaining lessons could have its personal 15-minute qualifying session.
It will “make qualifying simpler to comply with, assure the rivals enough driving time and broaden the window of optimum circumstances for setting occasions”, in accordance with the WMSC bulletin.
Tyre hotter have been outlawed within the WEC and the ELMS from subsequent 12 months and the Asian LMS from 2024.
The transfer is designed to cut back the environmental affect of the groups collaborating in these championship in keeping with the company social accountability commitments of the FIA and the ACO.
The variety of dry-weather tyre specs allowed in Hypercar will likely be diminished to 1 for the six and eight-hour races in WEC and two for Le Mans from 2024.
That could be a discount from the three specs allowed at Le Mans and two within the different races presently permitted.