Future of LMP1 to be announced

The FIA Endurance Commission, the governing body of global Le Mans racing series, will meet today to discuss the future direction of the sport’s premier racing class, LMP1.

It is believed that an increase in available hybrid power will be on the agenda, with the latest generation of cars having advanced the technology considerably over recent years and manufacturers eager to demonstrate such innovations in order to support road car development.

The current regulations limit maximum hybrid power to eight megajoules, measured over a lap of the Le Sarthe circuit.

The Commission will convene with a number of working groups governed by the FIA and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the organiser of Le Mans 24 Hours, in order to reach a consensus on the future specifications, reports Autosport.

It is expected that the regulations will come into effect in time for the 2018 season.

Vincent Beaumesnil, Sporting Manager of the ACO, commented: “There are different scenarios that we are discussing with the manufacturers. All of them have voiced their opinions on when we should have new monocoques, new aero rules and new regulations on engines and hybrids, but I do not want to disclose any of that because it is confidential.”

“This will be a first road map, but because it is a discussion covering the next five or six years, there could be further steps or changes along the way.”

The final decision on LMP1 regulations will be made during the next World Motor Sport Council meeting in October.

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