On the sidelines of the 90 edition of the Le Mans classic, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest says more about the future of the Grand Touring category and LMP2.
This 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is not to be missed and here is a final argument in this regard: it will be the last giving the opportunity to enjoy the on-track confrontation of GTE Pro. The ACO announced this Friday morning, during its press conference, the disappearance of the category bringing together factory GTs and crews of professional drivers only at the end of this 2022 season.
As stated by the organizers on the sidelines of the Le Mans classic in 2021, the paddock is preparing to welcome cars from the GT3 category instead. But that will have to wait until 2024.
Before that there will be a year of transition assumed by the GTE Am. Porsche and Ferrari postponing their official programs towards the Hypercar from 2023, the only potential presence by Corvette is not enough to maintain the Pro for an additional season according to the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
As in GTE Am moreover, each crew of the future GT class (which could distinguish itself from its technical GT3 base by renaming itself LM GT) must include at least one Bronze driver according to the FIA categorization.
Probably by name, the cars, which cannot be entered directly by factory teams, will also be distinguished from a “normal” GT3 by a kit, aerodynamics only, the cost of which will be limited to between €50,000 and €100,000. The goal is to provide a certain visual exclusivity while allowing the use of a single GT to take part in ACO-labeled races and FIA GT3 events.
On the other hand, it is understood for the moment that the category only has access to competition-customer tires and not to confidential rubbers developed specifically for each manufacturer. as is the case in GTE.
The LMP2 is also preparing its transformation
The future of LMP2 prototypes is also taking shape. A new regulation will come into force in 2025 and will apply at least until the end of the 2030 season. This next generation will take over the backbone of the LMDhs, once again offering the choice of four chassis: Oreca, Multimatic, Ligier and Dallara.
But so that the category does not transform itself more or less into a monotype formula made in Oreca (26 of the 27 cars entered this week use a shell from the Var manufacturer), an AoP will be introduced: for Performance Adjustment.
A bit like the BoP exercised in Hypercar and GT, the organizers reserve the right twice a year to revise various technical parameters to maintain fairness.
The ACO also suggests that LMP2s could quickly convert to hybrid thanks to their architectural similarities with LMDhs must be electrified as soon as they arrive next season.
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