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Sebring-Winning Alpine Receives Power Reduction for 6H Spa

Power adjustment for Sebring-winning Alpine in Hypercar BoP for 6 Hours of Spa…

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The 1000 Miles of Sebring-winning Alpine A480 Gibson has received a 20 kW power reduction in the Hypercar Balance of Performance for next weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa-Francorchamps.

It is the only change in the Hypercar BoP made between the first and second races of the 2022 season, with the LMH machinery from Toyota and Glickenhaus both carrying the same parameters they had for the opening contest in March.

The Alpine driven by Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Andre Negrao will have a maximum power output of 410 kW (approx. 550 hp), down from 430 kW at Sebring.

The reduction equates to around 27 horsepower.

Alpine Elf Team dominated the 1000 Miles of Sebring from pole position to take its first overall WEC victory ahead of the No. 8 Toyota and the No. 708 Glickenhaus.

The activation point for the Toyota GR010 Hybrid’s electric motor, a value that is linked to LMH tire size, will stay at 190 km/h, while the Japanese manufacturer’s car retains a maximum power output of 506 kW and a minimum weight of 1070 kg.

The Glickenhaus 007 Pipo, which is non-hybrid powered, continues with a top power output of 520 kW and a 1030 kg minimum weight.

No changes have been made to the maximum amount of energy that each car in the Hypercar class can use during a stint, with Toyota remaining at 898 megajoules, Glickenhaus at 910 MJ and Alpine at 797 MJ.

The only adjustment in the GTE Balance of Performance is a two-liter reduction in fuel capacity for the Porsche 911 RSR-19.

This affects the German manufacturer’s GTE-Pro and GTE-Am entrants, with the former now running to a 100-liter fuel tank and the latter to a 97-liter capacity.

The first round of GTE-Am success ballast for the season adds 15 kg to the Sebring-winning NorthWest AMR Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Nicki Thiim, David Pittard and Paul Dalla Lana.

Elsewhere, additional 10 kg and 5 kg ballast amounts have been added to the No. 33 TF Sport Aston Martin and the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche.

Considering the Porsche is the heaviest of the GTEs at base level, Project 1’s Inception-backed machine now has the highest minimum weight in the Am field at 1284 kg.

The TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa takes place on May 7 and is set for a 37-car grid.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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