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Ferrari Handed Biggest Weight Increase in Sao Paulo BoP

Ferrari 499P now joint-heaviest car in the field along with Toyota GR010 Hybrid for the 6H Sao Paulo…

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Ferrari has been handed the biggest weight increase of the nine Hypercar manufacturers in the Balance of Performance issued for this weekend’s fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season in Sao Paulo.

Issued on Monday, the BoP table for the WEC’s first visit to the Interlagos circuit since 2014 shows the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Ferrari 499P on 1060 kg, marking an increase of 17 kg from last month’s blue riband event.

That puts the Italian manufacturer on a par with the Toyota GR010 Hybrid, which has gained 7 kg from Le Mans.

However, the Toyota heads to Brazil with marginally more power, 506kW compared to Ferrari’s 503kW, although the Ferrari now has been given a positive Power Gain value of 1.8 percent for Sao Paulo, in comparison to -1.7 percent previously.

The so-called ‘two-stage BoP’ will be used in a regular WEC race for the first time in Brazil after making its debut at Le Mans.

Although the BoP for Le Mans is considered standalone from the rest of the calendar by the rule makers, the Sao Paulo table is marked up with increases and decreases compared with the French classic.

Only two of the nine Hypercar manufacturers have not been given a weight increase, with the exceptions being the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 6 Competizione that has dropped by 18 kg to the minimum of 1030 kg, and the Lamborghini SC63, which stays at 1039 kg.

After Ferrari, the next largest increase concerns the Porsche 963, which is up 9 kg to 1051 kg – making it the joint third-heaviest car in the field alongside the Peugeot 9X8, which has seen an increase of 4 kg compared to Le Mans.

The Alpine A424 and BMW M Hybrid V8 now both weigh in at 1044 kg after increases of 6 kg and 5kg respectively, while the Cadillac V-Series.R has gone up by 3 kg to match the Lamborghini at 1039 kg.

Cadillac has also been awarded the biggest power increase in the field at 10kW (up to 519kW), and is one of six cars to have had its horsepower upped from Le Mans.

Alpine has the next-largest increase at 9kW (516kW), followed by Isotta Fraschini with 5kW (520kW) and BMW with 4kW (512kW). The Peugeot and Porsche have been given an extra 2kW (510kW) and 1kW (512kW) respectively.

The Power Gain value remains at 250 km/h (155.3 mph), with the Alpine (-1.3 percent), Cadillac (-1.5 percent) and Lamborghini (-1 percent) all losing power above the threshold.

Toyota is the only other marque besides Ferrari with a positive Power Gain value at 2.8 percent, but they are the only two brands to have lost base power since Le Mans.

BMW, Lamborghini, Ford Get Largest LMGT3 Weight Hikes

In a significantly revised BoP issued for the LMGT3 class, the BMW M4 GT3 has been given a 22 kg increase from its minimum weight compared to Le Mans.

Also with double-digit increases are the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 with 14 kg, the Ford Mustang GT3 with 13 kg and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.R GT3 with 11 kg.

The upshot is the Lamborghini is now the heaviest car in the field at 1369 kg, 11 kg than the next-heaviest car, the Corvette, and almost 40 kg up on the lightest LMGT3 model, the Porsche 911 GT3 R that weighs 1330 kg after a modest 3 kg increase.

However, it should be noted that the two Manthey-run entries that lead the championship will weigh more than this in Brazil due to their success ballast penalties.

The No. 92 Manthey PureRxcing car carries the maximum 45 kg penalty for a total of 1375 kg, while the No. 92 Manthey EMA machine has an additional 20 kg of ballast.

All but two cars have had their weight increased compared to Le Mans, with the exceptions being the Lexus RC F GT3 that stays at 1355 kg and the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Evo, which has shed a single kilogram and now comes in at 1348 kg.

Similarly, all bar two cars have seen reductions in power, the worst-affected car being the Porsche with a four percent drop.

The Ferrari 296 GT3 together with the Corvette have seen two percent drops, while the Aston Martin, Ford, Lexus and McLaren 720S GT3 Evo have all been cut by one percent.

Porsche’s power reduction is slightly offset by a four percent Power Gain above 200 km/h (124.3 mph), the largest in the field ahead of the Corvette and McLaren (both three percent) and Ferrari (two percent).

Lamborghini is the sole car in the field to have gained base power from Le Mans, but only by a single percent, and has a negative Power Gain of one percent together with the BMW and the Ford.

Jamie Klein is Sportscar365's Asian editor. Japan-based Klein, who previously worked for Motorsport Network on the Motorsport.cоm and Autosport titles, covers the FIA World Endurance Championship and SUPER GT, among other series.

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