Endurance racing took a significant step towards the future today with the approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council of the new 2020-2025 regulations. A new top category of cars, replacing the current LMP1 prototypes, will be introduced from September 2020 and the ‘Hypercar’ era will have begun.
After months of work between the ACO and FIA, the regulators for the FIA World Endurance Championship, and after consultation with automotive manufacturers across the globe, the technical regulations for the new category were presented and validated by the FIA’s WMSC today in Saint Petersburg in Russia.
Spectacular to look at, high technology, high performance and accessible to many due to well-defined cost controls, more on the new regulations can be found HERE (use backspace to return to presentation after viewing videos) including short interviews with Richard Mille, President of the FIA Endurance Commission, Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, and Gérard Neveu, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Also confirmed at the World Motor Sports Council meeting were amendments to the FIA WEC Sporting Regulations for the 2019-2020 season including a revision to pit stop procedures and the introduction of success ballast for the LMGTE Am category. From next season it will no longer be possible to carry out tyre changes at the same time as refuelling during a pit stop.
The name of the new hypercar class will be chosen by popular vote, and will be announced in the New Year.