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#1 /13/Ален Шмит/

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 22:48

New look, strengthened FIA World Endurance Championship for the future

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• 2018 / 2019 Transitional years towards a stronger future • 24 Hours of Le Mans to become final race of extensively revised calendar • Change to LMP1 technical regulations • WEC Prologue to start in April and offer endurance testing

President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Pierre Fillon, and CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Gérard Neveu, today outlined the pathway to an exciting new-look, strengthened WEC.

The plans include several innovative features which will not only continue the close and exciting competition between prototypes and GTE cars that has become the calling card of the WEC, but also offer competitors a viable and sustainable business model for the future.

The recent announcement of the withdrawal of certain manufacturers has offered the FIA and ACO an opportunity to accelerate the evolution process which was already underway, and to develop an exciting and enticing vision for the future.

Full details are still being finalised and will be announced in due course, but several innovative features were revealed which will ensure the continuation of a strong world endurance championship, one that has since its inception in 2012 become a vital part of manufacturers’ marketing and technical development strategies and the draw for entrants wishing to compete at the highest level in endurance racing.

Three fundamental parameters have been taken into account during the formulation of the new-look WEC, with the calendar, logistics, sporting and technical regulations being at the heart of the decisions:

  • All decisions must stay in line with Endurance Racing and the values of the discipline. The 24 Hours of Le Mans remain the point of reference.
  • The major focus remains the client (the competitor), the product (the sporting competition that is delivered) and the fans.
  • As a priority, for each of these decisions, the financial and economic aspects must be taken into consideration. It is essential to allow the WEC’s teams and partners to continue in the WEC with a viable and sustainable business model.

The plans have been presented to, and received the full support of, the President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Jean Todt and the FIA Endurance Commission led by its President, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones. The calendar and new sporting regulations will be presented to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for ratification in the coming days.

Significant calendar changes for future races; 2018/19 to be a transitional season

Five years ago, when the WEC was newly created, the desire was expressed to work on an inversed calendar, finishing at Le Mans with the flagship 24 Hour race. This has not been possible until now.

In the future, there will be a 2018/2019 season and a 2019/2020 season and so on, the season’s races straddling two calendar years…and Le Mans will close the Championship each year.

2018/19

  • 5 & 6 April: The Prologue, Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA) **
  • 4 & 5 May: WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
  • 16 & 17 June: 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
  • 13 & 14 October: 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN)
  • 03 & 04 November: 6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)
  • February 2019 Place and event TBC
  • 15 & 16 March 2019: 12 Hours of Sebring (USA) *
  • 3 & 4 May 2019: WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
  • 15 &16 June 2019: 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)

NB * The 12 Hours of Sebring will be a combined event with the IMSA WeatherTech Championship but two separate races will be held. From 10.00am to 10.00pm on Saturday, the IMSA WeatherTech race, and from 12 midnight to 12 noon Sunday the FIA WEC.

** The Prologue test at Circuit Paul Ricard will offer teams the opportunity to complete 36-hour endurance testing in preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The provisional 2018/2019 calendar, which remains subject to validation by the FIA World Motors Sport Council, will see four races taking place in 2018 and four in 2019 as part of an 18-month “Super Season” - for the same budget as in 2017.

This transition season will be exceptional and include the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps twice and, even better, a double helping of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

According to provisional calculations, in 2019/2020 an LMP2 team will run in the WEC with a budget similar to 2016; meaning 20% less than now.

With the new format of calendar, the number of races will be reduced from 9 in 2017 to 8 in 2018/2019 (over 18 months) then to 7 in 2019/2020 which is expected to be the ‘cruising speed’ for the WEC into the future.

This reduction automatically results in a cost reduction for the teams (entry fees, running costs, consumables etc) but also allows for new logistics to be used: using shipping rather than flying freight meaning that transportation costs are divided by three.

Changes to LMP1 technical and sporting regulations from 2018/2019 regulations

  • From 2018/2019, and in the future, there will only be one category (and consequently one classification) in LMP1
  • To make it as accessible as possible to join this category from the 2018-2019 season onwards, the level of performance of the current non-hybrid LMP1 regulations managed via equivalence of technologies will be aligned with the current LMP1 hybrid regulations.
  • Each competitor entered in LMP1 will have the same potential of performance independent of the type engine power used. Very clearly there will always be a slight advantage for the hybrid engine in terms of autonomy related to lower fuel consumption.
  • There will be no changes made to the current chassis regulations (only LMP1 chassis will be eligible) but to facilitate the access to LMP1, more choice and engine power options will be offered. Depending on the selected criteria, an Equivalence of Technology will be implemented between turbo compressed and normally aspirated engines (as done in the past between petrol and diesel).

All these decisions will apply for the next two seasons.

Other regulatory decisions, which are still being finalized, will be announced later on covering areas such as a reduction in the number of private tests and collective tests proposed.

The 2020 LMP1 regulations will be substantially altered as compared to the model presented during the last 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The ACO and the FIA remain wholeheartedly convinced that technology including Hybrid systems must keep its place of honour in Endurance racing, but not at any price. The budgets invested over these last years in LMP1 Hybrid are no longer sustainable and a return to reasonable budgets should allow all manufacturers to compete in this discipline.

More details on the Technical Regulations will be presented over the coming weeks.

President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, Jean Todt: “I am delighted with the new schedule and the changes to the WEC championship that will allow this great discipline within motorsport to make a fresh start."

President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Pierre Fillon, comments: “We would like to sincerely thank Jean Todt, President of the FIA and Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, President of the Endurance Commission and all the commission members for their support. Many decisions, essential for the future of the WEC, have been made in record time.

“With the support of the WEC’s friends and partners at IMSA, agreement has been reached to return to Sebring with the 12 Hours of Sebring in the WEC calendar and we are really delighted about this.

“With all these decisions, we are confident of seeing a full and very competitive grid next season. We are already discussing with several manufacturers and privateer teams who are investigating very seriously entrance from 2018/2019 season in LMP1, taking into consideration that the LMP2 and GTE grids are already strong with a high level of commitment for the future.”

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#2 /13/Ален Шмит/

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 15:41

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 15:28

Cheng: DC Racing LMP1 Effort “Not Impossible” for 2018/19

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Jackie Chan DC Racing team co-owner David Cheng has admitted it’s “not impossible” to see the team step up to LMP1 next year, amid increased talks of a potential manufacturer-backed effort in the restructured class.

The Jota Sport-run operation, which currently leads the LMP2 title race in the FIA World Endurance Championship, has laid out ambitions of eventually moving to the top prototype class with a Chinese manufacturer.

That timeline could now potentially be accelerated following the FIA and ACO’s newly announced plan to combine hybrid and non-hybrid prototypes into a single category via Equivalence of Technology for the 2018/19 ‘Super Season.’

“After this race, I’m back to China and back to work,” Cheng told Sportscar365 in Austin, site of this weekend’s Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas. “In some ways, we’ll know real soon.

“To make it realistic for next year, it has to happen quite quickly.

“From my side, it’s a little out of my hands too as we have to see what all the manufacturers think of [the ‘Super Season’] format.

“I think if we can nail something down quickly, and I know the general interest is there, it’s not impossible.

“At the same time, if we want to sit down and really do it right and make the long-term plan, it’s something maybe we look at once it shifts past the ‘Super Season.’

“But who knows. We could get a go-ahead [soon].”

Cheng said he’s been in discussions with multiple prospective manufacturers since the team’s historic class victory at Le Mans, although admitted that time’s running out to put a program together for next year.

He said the topic of LMP1 chassis options has been a discussion “around the dinner table” but nothing they’ve yet explored in great detail.

A handful of options should be available to customers next year, including projects from Ginetta and Dallara/BR Engineering, as well as continued rumors of potential upgraded LMP2 cars from ORECA and Onroak Automotive.

“That question depends on the lede time we’d have,” Cheng said. “Can you do something more bespoke or do you do something as a temporary bandage and evolve from it?

“To be honest, it depends what I can do on the China side.”

Cheng believes the restructured class, which is aimed to give non-hybrid LMP1 cars a chance of victory, is the right step forward, particularly for LMP2 teams such as his looking to make the next move.

“What the ACO did was to really give a platform for teams to expand, which I think is the correct decision,” he said.

“It gives teams like us a place to go and expand. As we are quite ambitious, if we see nothing but a dead end, we would explore going somewhere else.”

With its current commitment in the WEC part of a two-to-three year plan, Cheng sees the team continuing in LMP2 should a LMP1 deal not materialize for next year,

“If we can’t get manufacturer involvement, we’ll be staying in LMP2 and doing a strong effort like we have and waiting for the opportunity,” he said.

“I believe as long as you’re doing a good job and good performance on track, it will come.”


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 22:12

Silverston je dobio mesto u novom 18/19 kalendaru, ažurirani kalendar izgleda ovako:

  • 6 & 7 April: The Prologue, Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA)
  • 5 May: WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
  • 16 & 17 June: 86th  24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
  • 19 August: 6 Hours of Silverstone (GBR)
  • 21 October: 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN)
  • 18 November: 6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)
  • February 2019 Place and event TBC
  • 16 & 17 March 2019: 12 Hours of Sebring (USA)
  • 4 May 2019: WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
  • 15 &16 June 2019: 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)

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Posted Yesterday, 18:59

FIA ANNOUNCES WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL DECISIONS

Thursday, 21 September 2017, Paris - The FIA held its latest World Motor Sport Council meeting today in Paris

The meeting began with the FIA President Jean Todt paying special tribute to those affected by the natural disasters occurring in Mexico and Puerto Rico this week.

The President, on behalf of the entire FIA, the World Motor Sport Council, and the broader motor sport community offered his support and condolences to those affected by the tragic events, and recognised the presence of the FIA Vice President José Abed, attending on behalf of Mexico despite the devastating earthquake that affected that country’s capital.

The following decisions were taken during the meeting:

FIA World Endurance Championship

The World Motor Sport Council offered its full support for the FIA Endurance Commission in its efforts to further strengthen and promote the FIA World Endurance Championship; one of the FIA’s most important assets.

The unique and extended provisional calendar spanning both 2018 and 2019 for the FIA World Endurance Championship was confirmed as follows:

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The FIA Endurance Commission was also encouraged to pursue a number of exciting and innovative proposals that it is currently working on, with the aim of enticing new manufacturers to the Championship.

The World Motor Sport Council also agreed to a number of Technical Regulation amendments for 2018 and 2019.

  • From 2018, incorporation of the LMP1 Non-Hybrid cars into a single classification with the LMP1 Hybrid cars (while maintaining the current specific technical regulations).
  • It is proposed to equalise the lap performances of the best LMP1 Non-Hybrid and Hybrid cars by adjusting the instantaneous fuel flow and fuel consumption per lap for the Non-Hybrid cars. A fuel range advantage for Hybrid cars (one extra lap at Le Mans) will be enforced.
  • A technological coefficient between naturally aspirated engines and turbo engines will be implemented in order to open up the field of possible engines for LMP1 Non-Hybrid cars.
  • From 2019, a ban on fluidic switches and energy brought to the general aerodynamics of the car – this is in anticipation of potential complex and expensive developments in this area.
Next

The next World Motor Sport Council meeting will be held on 6 December in Paris.

https://www.fia.com/...cil-decisions-7

 


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Posted Yesterday, 19:04

Sebrins WEC round in 2019 to be 1500-mile event

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Sebring's return World Endurance Championship race in 2019 will be a 1,500-mile event, it has been announced.

The Florida track was confirmed as part of the WEC's 2018/19 'superseason', which kicks off with the Spa 6 Hours in May 2018 and ends with the Le Mans 24 Hours the following year.

WEC's Sebring race shares the bill with IMSA's traditional 12-hour event in March 2019, which will take place on the Saturday running from 10am to 10pm before the WEC race begins at midnight.

Amid concerns that another timed event would detract from the Sebring 12 Hours, it has been decided that the WEC event will be run over a fixed distance of 1,500 miles (2,414km), or 402 laps.

The idea of Sebring being a distance race had already been mooted by WEC boss Gerard Neveu when the fixture was first announced earlier this month.

It is understood that IMSA was unhappy with the idea of there being two races with the title Sebring 12 Hours and pushed for another duration or distance for the WEC fixture.

This year, only 348 laps were completed by the winning DPi in the IMSA-run event, however, the faster speeds of LMP1 cars compared to DPi machinery, combined with the likelihood of fewer caution periods, mean the WEC race is likely to end up being of similar length to the 12 Hours.

LMP1 changes confirmed

The idea of combining hybrid and non-hybrid LMP1 cars into one class announced when the new road map for the WEC was unveiled at the Mexico City round earlier this month was also confirmed by the WMSC.

The lap-time performance the two types of cars will be equalised as announced by allowing the non-hybrids to use more fuel per lap, but a fuel-range advantage for hybrids will be maintained.

The advantage given to turbocharged engines by the fuel-flow regulations introduced in 2014 will be removed for the superseason and the 2019/20 season to try to encourage privateers to enter LMP1.

The use of fluidic switches to direct air flow around aerodynamic surfaces has been banned, says the WMSC statement, "in anticipation of potential complex and expensive developments in this area".

 

https://www.autospor...o-be-1500-miles


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