If you're very involved in FIA racing, you've already heard this news, but for those of you who don't keep a finger on the pulse of this racing series this is going to be big news. The World Endurance Championship includes races such as Le Mans 24 Hour and several other 6 hour races such as Spa, Silverstone, and Shanghai. Their LMP1 (Prototype) class is comprised of manufacturer-backed teams which are constantly pushing the boundaries of motoring. This year they're drastically changing the regulations, calling the change "not an evolution but a revolution" of the existing rules.*
In short, cars will have to consume 30% less fuel, incorporate a few specific safety measures as well as some body changes. All in all, Bernard Niclot, the FIA's Technical Director said, “We are very conscious of nurturing technologies and innovations in the WEC which are relevant to future road use.”
To keep us all up to speed, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest is producing 12 videos explaining the whole thing - interesting to watch for beginners to the sport as well as long-time enthusiasts. We'll be sharing them each here on DrivingLine as they become available - here's the first two.
To see the new regulations in detail, click this link. Leave a comment with your thoughts on this huge change!
*Miller, Fiona. "FIA and ACO Technical Briefing on New LMP1 Regulations." FIA World Endurance Championship. 28 March 2014. <http://www.fiawec.com/en/news/fia-and-aco-technical-briefing-on-new-lmp1-regulations_1777.html>.
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