In early 2020 the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the Western Automobile Club (ACO) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced their intention to work hand in hand to create a joint top class for endurance racing. The three parties have finally reached an agreement on the technical specifications of the new category.
This agreement means that the prototypes LMH (Le Mans Hypercar), which debuted this year; will be able to compete in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship of the IMSA from 2023, when the Le Mans Daytona h (LMDh), which in turn will be able to run in the Wec Since that year.
At a high-level technical meeting that brought together the FIA, the ACO, IMSA and all manufacturers officially involved in the LMDh and LMH programs, the parties reached an agreement that aims to balance the performance of these different types of cars (most especially the powertrain and all-wheel drive setup) so that the LMH cars can compete at the IMSA.
LMH eligibility will also require an individual business agreement between each manufacturer and IMSA, which abides by their sports regulations.
The initial objective shared by the FIA, ACO and IMSA is to give manufacturers the opportunity to enter the same car in the most prestigious endurance races in the world, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, The 24 Hours of Daytona or 12 Hours of Sebring.
“The FIA, ACO and IMSA have been working towards a common future in which the teams that race in LMH and LMDh can race on both sides of the Atlantic. Today we can see that convergence has taken another step towards reality, which is great news for all of us who are involved in endurance racing "Said Richard Mille, President of the FIA Endurance Commission
“The principles have been agreed upon by all parties. The dream that teams and manufacturers can compete in all endurance races with the same car for the first time is now at hand. This represents a significant moment in motorsport history. ", Agregó.
Pierre Fillon, president of the ACO, assured: “This important announcement stems from our ambition to forge a common future for endurance racing. We have all worked together to achieve this historic agreement and I would like to thank all concerned. This is wonderful news for the teams and the fans alike and it paints a bright future for Endurance. ”
While John doonan, President of IMSA, added: “What we accomplished as a group a few weeks ago in Paris has the potential to revolutionize sports car prototype racing around the world. The stage is set for a highly competitive top category that will include many of the world's largest automakers, showcasing relevant technology in the world's most prestigious endurance races. Collectively, we have the opportunity to engage with the next generation of endurance sports car racing fans and elevate our sport to the highest levels. "