The new WEC Hypercars at a glance

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The 2019/2020 is slowly drawing to a close and each passing month provides more tantalising glimpses of what the top class of the WEC will look like this year. Here is a summary of what we know so far.

The 2021 will see the LMP1 category replaced by Le Mans Hypercar (LMH). The new class is centred on the latest generation of “hypercars” major manufacturers have been producing in recent years. At WEC-Magazin we have already had a look at the new rulebook and requirements for the category.

With the rules set in stone, teams and manufacturers have been working hard on their LMH concepts ready to get out on track for the new season. Any additional details will be added here in due course.

Toyota Gazoo Racing

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Toyota has been competing in the FIA WEC since the very first season, sticking with the world championship for sportscar prototypes through thick and thin. The Japanese manufacturer committed to LMH at a relatively early stage and remains on course to compete next year.

  • Car: Toyota GR Super Sport
  • Car type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of cars: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with electric motor)
  • Engine: V6 twin turbo (2.4l mid-engined)
  • Engine manufacturer: Toyota
  • Engine performance: 986 hp (735 kW)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • Planned WEC debut: 2021

ByKOLLES Racing

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ByKolles Racing has also been part of the WEC furniture for some time. The German-based, Austrian-registered privateer has constructed its own Le Mans Hypercar and is planning to make its debut at the first race of the 2021 season.

  • Car: PMC Project LMH 
  • Car type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of cars: 1
  • Drivetrain: Conventional petrol engine, no hybrid
  • Engine: V8 Motor (?? litres ??)
  • Engine manufacturer: ??
  • Engine performance: 700 hp (?? kW)
  • Drive: ???
  • Planned WEC debut: 2021

Glickenhaus

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A newcomer for the 2021 season is the US sportscar manufacturer Glickenhaus. The team will be making their FIA WEC debut with their own Le Mans Hypercar.

  • Car: Glickenhaus SCG007 
  • Car type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of cars: 2
  • Drivetrain: Conventional petrol engine, no hybrid
  • Engine manufacturer: Pipo Moteurs
  • Engine performance: 870 hp (?? kW)
  • Drive: ???
  • Planned WEC debut: 2021

Peugeot Sport

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An old friend finally makes its WEC debut. Peugeot is back and plan to return to Le Mans in 2022. The French manufacturer intends to enter two cars.

  • Car: ??? (working title: Le Mans Hypercar)
  • Car type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of cars: 2
  • Drivetrain: (petrol engine with electric motor)
  • Engine: ?? (?? litres  ??)
  • Engine manufacturer: Peugeot
  • Engine performance: 680 hp + 272 hp hybrid (?? KW)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • Planned WEC debut: 2022

To get in the mood for the new Peugeot Hypercar there is a 15-minute video of the manufacturer: