Audi exit prompts change to LMP1 roadmap

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Saturday’s Six Hours of Bahrain marked the final appear­ance of Audi Sport on the pro­to­type scene. Besides the tears of joy and sad­ness at the cir­cuit at the week­end, the deci­sion has put the ACO and the FIA at a quandary in terms of the LMP1 class’ future. With only two man­u­fac­tur­ers remain­ing in the top cat­e­go­ry of the WEC, and new reg­u­la­tions due to be imple­ment­ed in 2018, the rule­mak­ers have decid­ed to adapt their strat­e­gy mov­ing for­ward.

Last weekend’s race gave deci­sion-mak­ers from the ACO, the FIA, Porsche and Toy­ota the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet up and dis­cuss the future of LMP1 rac­ing. Now the ACO has pre­sent­ed its con­cept for the LMP1 rules, which sees a com­plete freeze on LMP1 reg­u­la­tions through to 2019 rather than a reform in just two years’ time. Changes are minor and include lim­it­ing the num­ber of team mem­bers, the num­ber of aero pack­ages and the extent of wind tun­nel test­ing.

This move is geared towards con­tin­u­ing the FIA WEC’s pio­neer­ing role in terms of motor­sport tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment, includ­ing open­ing up the class for new tech­nolo­gies and meth­ods. How­ev­er, the aim is to also low­er costs and attract fur­ther man­u­fac­tur­ers into the class in the short term. The rules will be sub­mit­ted to the FIA World Motor­sport Coun­cil for rat­i­fi­ca­tion in the com­ing weeks.

Via: ACO Press Release
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