LMP1 broke down into two
The key fact in 2014 regulations in the World Endurance Championship is the creation of two sub-classes inside LMP1 : LMP1 Hybrid and LMP1 Light. Some complex equivalence systems have been put in place, detailed below.
As world of automotion has been evolving to take into account sustainability, motor sports spearheaded the changes, and among them Endurance racing including the factory teams. They have to compete under LMP1-H (Hybrid) and privateer under LMP1-L (Light). Through EoT (equivalence of technologies), both subclasses take part to the same championship even if a new trophy is implemented for LMP1-Ls.
There are more new rules, including the Safety Car. Following Fuji’s race last season, run entirely under Safety Car, it has been decided that a minimum of two laps must have been completed by the leader outside of a Safety Car procedure for points to be awarded. 50% of the points if less than 75% of the race has been covered.
The car in Pole Position must maintain its speed until the starting lights turn green. All the cars will keep their position until they have passed the start/finish line.
Annnex : Equivalence systems between the different LMP1 propulsion technologies.
In order to limit the differences between the Light (LMP1-L) category cars and the Hybrid (LMP1-H) category cars, the Endurance Committee will be able to adapt the performance of the LMP1-L cars in accordance with the following conditions:
- The reference will be the calculation of the average lap time of the fastest car in each technology. The average lap time will be calculated over the number of laps corresponding to 20% of the distance of the races (average of the best laps).
- The models of the cars with the slowest technologies must have participated in at least two races and must have been properly classified in order to be able to benefit from the application of the rule.
- The first adjustment of performance may be applied at any time by the Endurance Committee.
- The Committee will have the right to request any necessary information from the manufacturers and/or the competitors, in order to the shed light on the issue at hand. Any such information will be treated in a strictly confidential manner.
- Any competitor having deliberately provided false information or having attempted to influence an adjustment by hiding its true level of performance will be penalised by the FIA.
The Endurance Committee may adjust the allocation of energy by + or – 10 MJ (reference for a lap of the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit) for all LMP1 cars in order to adjust the global level of performance.
Equivalence of Technology of the LMP1 cars
The principles of the EoT, calculated on the basis of the data collected from the "best in class" of each technology (as defined in the specific note that will be published by the Endurance Committee on 1 January 2014 at the latest), will be applied up to the 2014 Le Mans event inclusive, based on the manufacturers’ declarations.
- The calculation formulae, the list of data to be communicated by the manufacturers and the list of sensors required will be published by the Endurance Committee in this same note.
- If, during the Le Mans 24 Hours event, any discrepancy is noted in relation to the declared values, a dissuasive penalty system will be applied.
- Upon examination of the data collected during the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours event, the criteria of the EoT will be defined for application up to the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours event inclusive.
- It will be up to the Endurance Committee to settle any questions that might arise concerning the application and/oment r interpretation of these elements in the last resort.