Ford Gets Weight Break, Power Increase for COTA

Photo: Drew Gibson/Ford

The FIA World Endurance Championship GTE-Pro-leading Ford Chip Ganassi Racing squad has been given a weight break and slight power increase to its Ford GTs ahead of this weekend’s Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas.

The Multimatic-built cars head to Texas with a 2kg decrease in minimum weight and a 0.01 mbar increase in turbo boost, across all power levels, in the latest round of the new-for-2017 automated Balance of Performance for the top production-based class.

No other BoP adjustments have been made to GTE-Pro, other than revised declared minimum lambdas for all four cars in the class.

Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell currently hold a an 8-point lead in the GTE Drivers’ World Championship over Porsche’s Fred Makowiecki and Richard Lietz, with Ford CGR also out front in the teams’ championship.

Ferrari, however, enters COTA with a nine-point lead in the Manufacturers’ World Championship with four rounds to go.

Changes have also been made to the GTE-Am BoP, which remains under human control this year, with the Aston Martin Vantage GTE getting a 10 kg weight break.

Track action gets underway on Thursday.

12 Comments

  1. J.C.

    September 13, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Should be interesting to see how this plays out this weekend. Because from the last race or two, the Ford’s are there, but just slightly behind. Maybe this will be enough to get them over them hump.

    But I have a feeling this wont be the last BoP adjustments for the Ford’s.

  2. TF110

    September 13, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Wow, a whole 4.4lbs. A driver can lose that amount of weight from sweating alone.

  3. jason

    September 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Ferrari and Aston Martin have seen to had an advantage over Ford and Porsche generally this year.

    I hope that ends at COTA. I have been cheering for Ford and Porsche at every race.

  4. Nov17ecshuz

    September 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    So…This year, Ferrari became the heaviest cars on the grid again,they never get weight breaks…Well done ACO and FIA.

    • Wayne

      September 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Are they not competitive though?

    • fourloko

      September 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      they do get between 2.5 and 4 psi more of boost though..

    • TT

      September 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      That’s how the BoP works. And the results this year show that it works well.

  5. IanM

    September 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Is “and a 0.01 mbar increase in turbo boost” a typo?
    I read that as 0.01 millibar, a staggeringly small, immeasurable pressure delta. Maybe it’s meant to be 0.01 bar (= 0.147 psi)?

    • fourloko

      September 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      it’s supposed to be .1 bar

      • fourloko

        September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        that’s what you get for looking up bop at work.. supposed to be .01 bar

  6. Bert

    September 14, 2017 at 12:39 am

    As if Ford doesn’t have enough of an aero advantage already…

    • fourloko

      September 14, 2017 at 8:06 am

      thats why they were 5 kph slower on the long straight of mexico right?

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