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WEC Set for LMP1 World Teams’ Title in 2018/19

WEC set to adopt World Teams’ Championship title for top-placed LMP1 team in lieu of manufacturers’ title…

Photo: James Moy/Toyota

A World Championship title is set to be awarded to teams instead of LMP1 manufacturers in the FIA World Endurance Championship, as part of a series of changes to the sporting regulations for the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’.

Sportscar365 has learned that a new teams’ title will replace the World Manufacturers’ Championship, which has required at least two registered manufacturers in the top prototype class.

Toyota is poised to be the only LMP1 manufacturer next season, thus resulting in the change.

It’s understood LMP1 teams will be required to register, at a cost of €200,000 ($237,000) in order to be eligible for the teams title, with the highest-placed car for each registered team scoring points.

The Drivers’ World Championship, which takes into account the overall results from each race, will remain unchanged.

It’s understood the change, already adopted by the FIA and ACO, was communicated to teams earlier this month, but is subject to approval of the World Motor Sport Council, which meets next on Dec. 6.

The FIA and ACO, meanwhile, have also clarified that OEMs will not be allowed to enter a complete car built to LMP1 non-hybrid regulations, although can supply engines to teams, as is the case today.

Additionally, the branding of a complete LMP1 non-hybrid will be permitted, as long as the chassis and engine is produced by a “private race car manufacturer” and be in compliance with the homologation for private teams.

LMP1 Non-Hybrid Regs Confirmed Through 2020/21 Season

The current LMP1 non-hybrid regulations have been confirmed through at least the next three seasons, until 2020/21.

It will include one season of eligibility alongside the planned debut of the FIA and ACO’s new set of LMP1 regulations in 2020.

LMP2 and GTE regulations, meanwhile, will be extended through the season-ending 24 Hours of Le Mans the following year past its original cycle. 

The current LMP2 cycle will expire following Le Mans in 2021, with GTE at Le Mans in 2019.

It comes as a result of the WEC’s shift to a winter calendar, which sees the French endurance classic serve as the final race of each season.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Max

    November 15, 2017 at 8:33 am

    So based on that the Mazda DPI is now more or less a valid LMP1-L as its engine comes from AER? Or does “Private” mean something closer to a Cosworth GV?

    • Tyler Sanders

      November 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Mazda DPi is based of a LMP2 dallara Chassis. But it is still basically a manufacturers car. Privateer probably means something closer to Cosworth GV.

      • Leigh Dineen

        November 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

        Mazda is based off the Multimatic chassis, not Dallara. Cadillac is based on the Dallara.

        • Tyler Sanders

          November 15, 2017 at 1:58 pm

          My bad i got it completely wrong thanks for correcting me.

          • Leigh Dineen

            November 15, 2017 at 6:33 pm

            No problem.

  2. CJ

    November 15, 2017 at 11:22 am

    The WEC is still going to have a hard time getting big manufacturers to replace Audi and Porsche since they would have to have a hybrid system. I don’t really understand why the WEC and the ACO would keep that restriction when the my need to get manufacturers back in the series.

    • TF110

      November 15, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      There’s no manufacturers in the pipeline for the current regulations anyway. So it seems like they are going all in on new manufacturers joining for the next set of rules in 2020/21.

      • CH

        November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

        If there are no new manufacturers on the horizon with the hybrid regulations, then why not make changes to entice a manufacturer to enter? They can allow a manufacturer to use a hybrid system if they want but they need to open it up. They will all be BOP’d in the end.

        • Sara Natividad Long

          November 16, 2017 at 12:07 am

          Is that not what they tried doing with Peugeot? Yet the refs and costs weren’t up to Peugeot’s standards, so the ACO were like “fuck them, we’ll go racing with or without them”.

          • Sara Natividad Long

            November 16, 2017 at 12:09 am

            Regs *

  3. Kirk

    November 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    With the WEC going to a fall/winter schedule, wouldn’t it be cool if Petit LeMans could be turned into a doubleheader with a ten hour race to end the IMSA season on Saturday and a 10 hour race to start the WEC season on Sunday?

    • Andy Flinn

      November 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Or how about they put the WEC on with the IMSA guys like back in 2011.

  4. MalthusUnderstimated

    November 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    So LMP1 teams can “register” to be eligible for the Teams title by neatly writing a check for $237,000 to the FIA/ACO? Hilarious.

    I’d keep the $237k in my budget and see if I could use it to finish at the top of the standings. If that could be achieved, I’d tell the FIA/ACO that they now owed my team $237k for running a points-leading car in their series. I’d even take it in installments.

    And if an OEM did express interest in building a non-hybrid LMP1, why would they be denied the opportunity to compete? Is the FIA/ACO truly technology friendly or is it too in the business of picking winners/losers? If the indirect/political answer is that an OEM non-hybrid would drive out privateer competition, then why allow any OEM competitors regardless of the technical formula?

    Le Mans should be “whatever-technology-wins”. If a team thinks it can win with hydrogen, bully for them. If they see a potential win by running a coal-powered sled, bring it on.

    As with so many endeavors, politics/money is killing racing.

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