During the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will be held on June 16 and 17, the Western Automobile Club, organizer of this race and the World Endurance, will announce the main guidelines of the new technical regulation that will come into effect in the season 2020/2021.
It is clear that the current regulations for the class LMP1 it alienated the builders who gave soul to the specialty. They're already gone Audi y Porsche and at present there is only Toyota with his hybrid prototype fighting against vehicles with private team combustion engines.
The idea of the ACO and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) is to reverse the situation and encourage the participation of more builders with rules without so much technology and with more limited costs.
“We have some very good ideas to dramatically reduce the costs of participation in the highest category of the WEC. It will be very attractive to brands. In fact, without being too optimistic, we can dream of seeing between five and seven manufacturers in the upper class ", he claimed Jean Todt, President of the FIA.
"I would say that to start thinking about doing something you would need a minimum of three interested manufacturers ... The greatest success would be to have a dozen brands", added the manager.
If everything goes well, the LMP1 would be replaced by the GTP in which manufacturers could compete with their super sports cars adapted to competition. For now, Aston Martin, Ferrari, McLaren, Ford, Toyota and even Porsche, although in an observer role, have been very interested in this new direction.