WEC Premier League named Le Mans HypercarDecember 7, 2019
Le Mans prototypes are no more. The new top tier in endurance sports cars will be known for the LMH or Le Mans Hypercar class.
The FIA World Motorsport Council has confirmed the change at its last annual meeting this week. Previously, this category of endurance racing, which replaced LMP1, was unofficially called Hypercar.
The news about the LMH class, named after the “hypercars”, is not a big surprise, because all this is part of a new set of rules designed to encourage global exotic manufacturers to create their creations. If you’re tired of the increasingly powerful and crazier-looking supercars that are too rare, impractical and just damn fast to be seen on the road or on a track day, then Le Mans Hypercar will restore your faith in the future.
Aston Martin takes part in the championship with his Valkyrie AMR. Toyota, Peugeot, and also McLaren, Lamborghini and Koenigsegg are interested in competitions. And this means one thing: companies will create more hypercars, because in order to prevent teams from building one-time prototypes of race cars with fake headlights, each manufacturer will have to create at least 20 road versions of the same car within two years in order to sell it to customers interested in Le Mans pedigree.
In addition, there will be only one tire supplier to be fair, and the target at Le Mans is a 3-minute 30-second circle. It’s slower than the LMP1 racers, but the cars will look better and sound more interesting. In LMH, hybrid systems are optional and there are no fuel consumption restrictions. This series can create several monsters.
LMH officially starts next year, and in 2021 and 2022 several more hypercars will join the battle. The champion title will be awarded to the pilot who won the series, and in the team standings, points will be awarded for the car that won the highest position in each of the races. For the development of its prototypes, testing will not be limited during the first year, and limits will appear from the second.
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