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Fuel Flow Unchanged for Non-Hybrids in Finalized EoT

FIA confirms Equivalence of Technology for LMP1 non-hybrids ahead of track action…

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The Equivalence of Technology has essentially remained unchanged for LMP1 non-hybrids heading into this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with no adjustments to the fuel flow from the Test Day.

The FIA confirmed the numbers on Tuesday, including the maximum petrol energy and maximum petrol per stint for the non-hybrids, which had not been declared until now.

Non-hybrids will have a maximum petrol energy of 205 MJ/lap, which compares to 204.4 MJ/lap that the sub-category was permitted last year at Le Mans.

A slight decrease in maximum petrol per stint, meanwhile, has been made year-to-year as well, with non-hybrids permitted 52.5 kg compared to 53.2 kg in the race last year.

Most importantly, no change has been made to the maximum petrol flow of 108 kg/h for the non-hybrids.

With no EoT adjustments made to the Toyota TS050 Hybrids, per the regulations, it will result in a similar gap in performance seen in the single day test earlier this month.

Toyota’s Fernando Alonso topped the time charts with a 3:19.066 lap, compared to the quickest of the non-hybrids, the No. 3 Rebellion R13 Gibson at a 3:19.680.

The FIA reserves the right to make additional EoT adjustments throughout the race week, with non-hybrid teams subject to in-race penalties if they show increased performance compared to the Toyotas.

Non-hybrids will be limited to ten-lap stints in the race, compared to 11 laps for the hybrid-powered Toyotas, which will also have a quicker refueling time.

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

34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. Paul

    June 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    The privateers will by stewards decision have to shift to octogonal wheels by midnight if they by then are less than 6 laps after the Toyotas

    • AudiTT

      June 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Once again the comments on this site regarding EoT are completely bizarre.

      The privateers have been given concessions to the equivalent to 8-10 seconds per lap. With the increased fuel flow there will be no need for lift and coast unlike at Spa. This should allow the privateers to push the Toyota’s pretty close in race pace.

    • Just another fan

      June 13, 2018 at 10:26 am

      You always write negative stuff about the WEC and Toyota. What is your angle?

      • Paul

        June 13, 2018 at 11:47 am

        An interesting race angle. Now it will be more exiting if the Toyotas take each other out in the first corner. Thats the absurd result of these rules. Le Mans is one of the coolest races, thats why I bother posting about this. Im not against LM/WEC, Im against lame rules.

        AudiTT haven’t you read the rules? They are not allowed to be close to race pace. They can be penalized mid race if they do ffs.

        This like a lifetime achivement award for Toyota. “We don´t the brains to make the competition equal this year, so you can just have it”.

        • Just another fan

          June 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

          Thanks for the honesty. You don’t know anything about LMP1 or Le Mans’ top class and/or just want Toyota to lose.
          Besides, if you truly consider Le Mans “one of the coolest races in the world”, you would pay no heed to what’s happening in the fastest class and you would focus on the others. I was a big fan of GT1 from the 00s and saw the class die before my very eyes. I respected Corvette and the odd Aston Martin team for keeping it alive while I enjoyed competitive racing that happened on the other classes. There’s plenty to be excited about and the lead car at the Le Mans is barely featured anyway. I still remember Audi’s dominations. Granted, I was and am a big fan of the Audi R8 and I liked to see R8 vs R8 but there was plenty of interest elsewhere.
          You on the other hand are so bitter. The Privateers are not running comparable cars. They are not running customer hybrid cars like some entrepreneurs tried to do with Audi and Porsche. Toyota didn’t make the 3rd chassis available to privateers either. It’s not realistic to expect a “Joest miracle”. Oreca, who is close to Toyota, is not running a Toyota and instead supporting their own car with Rebellion, see. Le Mans is still a race. The privateers were allowed to get closer so that the top class wouldn’t be one of two cars. They agreed to the rules – you forget that. It’s not ideal but it’s not bad either. They are running faster than ever. Even the LMP2s are running faster than some factory cars from the early 2010s! I don’t understand you and others: how can you complain that Toyota is being favoured by the rules when the car is forced to do 3 less laps per stint than last year, can’t do any aero development and is forced to use a single aero kit for the entire season and without EoT at the test, was 5 seconds faster than the privateers? Makes no sense to me. I too want to see an exciting race but there is all kinds of excitement. Last year seeing the P2 trying to hold its advantage over the hybrid was very exciting! The runaway Porsche blowing up in 90s leading Porsche fashion was both shocking and nostalgic too! Watching a performance enhanced foal outpace a fully mature thoroughbred is not, IMHO. Thank the gods that the FIA and ACO agree with me on this.

  2. Yetimania

    June 12, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    The only chance for a privateer to win LeMans is both Toyota’s crashing out of the race.
    Let it be, let it be.

  3. Max

    June 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    “Equivalence”. Funny.

    • Paul

      June 12, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      why are they debasing that word, they should use unequivalence, and be ashamed too.

  4. Patrick

    June 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Just give Toyota the win already. That’s the way this is going, right? The t-shirts and posters are already made and ready to hit the web stores, I’m sure.

    First, we need to change everyones schedules to make sure Alonso’s race schedule is OK and now, since it’s possible Toyota can lose, without breaking, we need to instill regulations to make sure the car has an advantage racing head-to-head.

    • Jack

      June 12, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      so I guess ur going to call Audi and demand they give the trophies back from 2000-2006 right?

      • Paul

        June 12, 2018 at 2:32 pm

        Like Audi was mandated by the authorities to win before those races?! No comparison.

      • Steven

        June 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm

        You mean Cadillac factory program from 2000-2002? Chrysler in 2001? Bentley from 2001-2003? And Panoz from 2000-2004?

        Or the fact that 2004 and 2005 were privateers and were so heavily handicapped yet still won?

        Audi had plenty of competition from 2000-2006.

        Even in 2006. Audi’s first year with the diesel was a complete unknown.

        • JG

          June 12, 2018 at 7:42 pm

          Plus Audi sandbagged the R10’s in practice and qualifying and they didn’t get penalized for that.

        • Just another fan

          June 13, 2018 at 10:15 am

          Oh please, Cadillac and Panoz were opposition for the Audi R8R in 2000 on the few races Audi did with the 1999 car. When Audi fielded the R8, not even BMW could mount a challenge and BMW, as BMW does when it doesn’t win, it quit. The main threat to an Audi was another Audi. The Bentley was an Audi. A new car using the lessons learnt from the Audi R8C and piloted to Le Mans victory by Audi’s factory team drivers when the factory team withdraw.
          In 2004 and especially 2005, the R8 was indeed handicapped but its superior construction and team operation made sure that it spent the least time in the pits, by far.
          In short, the Audi R8 was head and shoulders above its opposition. A car with no equal in its time.

  5. Actually enjoy the tech, but I passed 5th grade

    June 12, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    It is absolutely AMAZING how low the ability to read and understand is here and the sportscar world in general. Nowhere is the damn rules does it say EQUAL, it says equivalence, that’s huge f-ing difference. The adjustments are made to balance the field to the rules not to each other. I know that is hard to understand but somehow the new fans, engineers actually drawn to the thing every claims no one cares about hybrid and fuel restrictions, that I have taken to COTA and shown WEC coverage could understand within a few minutes. Why is it do insanely hard for actual fans to understand? Or is sportscar racing all about being a bitchy whiny little kid who wants it his way? No fucking wonder there’s ZERO sponsorship outside of racer family ties or owned businesses. No business would touch a sport with fans who’s only goal is to piss and moan without actually watching the sport. Or as multiple sponsors in IMSA have publicly stated, not actually buy the product they wish would support X. There’s zero return and think sportscar racing will be 100% alternate fuel within the decade, and zero fan support will be 100% of the reason. Good luck then asshats.

    • MalthusUnderestimated

      June 12, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Having sailed through 5th grade you’ll surely be able to expand upon why “The adjustments are made to balance the field to the rules not to each other”

      Balancing the field to the “rules” means that Toyota will be at least 0.5 faster per lap and have a longer fuel stint. Tell me, how do you think that’ll add up during the race? Would you call that “managed competition”? Are you onboard with essentially handing one team a significant advantage because the rules define it for political/economic purposes?

      Are sportscar fans just nitpicking whiners then? How dare they complain about a race structured to be a foregone conclusion.

      What do you make of Neil Jani’s race forecast, expressed here on Sportscar365?

      http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/jani-rebellion-can-never-fight-straight-with-toyota/

      Has he simply failed to appreciate the beauty of the rules?

    • Paul

      June 13, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Wow, talk about whining. Thanks for that totally uninformative post. To tke your own advice you should shut and start buying consultancy services from companies mentioned on racecars?

  6. Jack

    June 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I’m absolutely baffled people are complaint about Toyota being faster…. OF COURSE THEY ARE FASTER, they have spent 3 years devolving this exact at car and have literally like 30 times the budget. The ACO has put Toyota at the disadvantage. They have significantly less total fuel, where they would go farther anyways if they ran the same amount, they have significantly less engine power, 500 compared to the 700+ if the non hybrids. And they also run about 70 KG’s more, and they are still faster. Also let’s not forget the fact that Toyota didn’t develop the car this year so the privateers could catch up and also they asked the aco to speed them up.

    • Travis McBee

      June 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      Or that the fact they they’re the sole manufacturer in LMP1, and have built the car with a hybrid system like the ACO wanted in the first place…

    • Parker

      June 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      What people dislike is using the rulebook to intentionally create different outcomes in the top category.

    • Paul

      June 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Why is it okay that stewards can penalize a car going “too fast” compared to another mid race? Both HY and non-HY are restricted, it’s about having a race instead of deciding on a winner before the action, which is a retarded way to “race” and puts Toyota in a ridiculous situation.
      They managed to equalize the Audi R18 e-tron and the R18 Ultra back 2012, the same aero on both I guess, making it easier, but it shouldn’t be impossible to balance HY and non-HY in a way that makes sense now.

      • AudiTT

        June 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm

        The stewards can penalise a car if they are found to be cheating.

        EoT is based on raw tech date monitored in race conditions. If during the race it’s suddenly discovered the car performis widely different from the data provided by the team (and monitored during the test), it means they’ve cheated.

        The ACO have these powers because non hybrid privateers have only ran for one race under EoT rules. We have had four years of vastly different hybrid cars running with EoT. And as proven, the regulations delivered ultra competitive racing.

      • Just another fan

        June 13, 2018 at 10:24 am

        Who are “they”? FIA/ACO? Or was it Audi proper? If I recall it was the latter. The manufacturer wanted to promoted its Diesel technology and show that its hybrid technology was as fast as its ICE technology. It wasn’t in its interest to have one own the other decisively for marketing reasons (no hybrids in the road line-up at the time), it wasn’t good to make fans look at the cars as belonging to the A and to the B team again for marketing reasons (not devalue Le Mans its main promotional tool) and for competitive reasons as the the drivers could have gone elsewhere.
        Audi had ALL the data about both cars and made sure they were more or less equal. It had access to both cars and knowledge about them that FIA could only dream about. It’s very different than the current situation: FIA has data from the two seasons and two Le Mans for the Toyota and data from one race and a few testing session plus some simulations for the non-hybrids. It’s a daunting task where the FIA and ACO are learning by doing.

  7. Matt

    June 12, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Damn that SMP car is ugly. Hopefully the ACO eliminates the billboards and wheel arch cutouts for the new P1 regs.

    • Parker

      June 12, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      The looks of the cars could also be improved with a swooping nose vs. the upright noses that most of the LMPs use now

    • TF110

      June 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      I hope the fin is gone as well. I don’t think they’re going to get rid of the fender holes though. Not sure if they are needed honestly. Up until 2012 they ran fine without them.

      I think people are in for a good race regardless of the bias we see against anything related to Alonso and unfortunately Toyota since he’s likely to give them that first win. If it were McLaren with a new hybrid lmp1 I wonder if the complaints would still exist.

      • JG

        June 12, 2018 at 7:52 pm

        The fender holes are the primary culprit for the fugly prototypes we currently have. The fact is that technology has progressed to the point where one could make a car with the aerodynamics of the Oscar Meyer Weiner-mobile lap Le Man’s in sub-3:30. So there is no excuse for the stop-gap fender hole “solution” -it’s called being too lazy to find a better way to make the cars “safer” in a situation that almost never happens (like that even needed to be done in the first place)

        • Matt

          June 12, 2018 at 8:17 pm

          Couldn’t agree more. Meanwhile, prototypes have gotten airborne and flipped even recently, well after the addition of billboards and fender cut outs. It’s rediculous to keep forcing them upon the cars. They literally do not work, and racing is inherently dangerous. Cars did not flip any more regularly before the introduction of billboards and cut outs.

  8. Tracklimits

    June 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Why is everyone so in a hustle about that?? Just look at how much energy everybody has per lap, or weight of the cars etc… You simply can´t say that the Toyotas have an advantage given by the rules.
    They simply have the better car and therefore should win the race. They could easily ran even faster if allowed to. Simply as that! It´s not Toyotas fault everbody else left. (Don´t get me wrong, I`m always on the side of the passionate underdogs and would love to see them win.)
    Sure, its won´t be the closest finish of all times this year. But its still better then no changes of rules compared to last year (the Toyotas got a huge restraint compared to last year)
    And it was always that the manufactures ruled over the privates (exclude 1980), unless they used the same cars as the big boys. When u want to change that, you would destroy motorsport, cause no manufacturer will invest in a series where there are privates with “no name” cars which are faster. Therefor no more series to race in, at least not on the media. Or how many of you watch the creventic series live on TV?…

  9. Paul

    June 12, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    What huge restraint? Did I miss something besides the awlful stint length limit?
    Everyone can run faster if allowed to.
    It would be exiting if the privateers had a chance, even a small one (besides selfdestructing Toyotas), instead of making belt and braces sure it wan’t happen.

  10. MIKE COTER

    June 12, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I have a solution, Have Maldonado take Toyota out in the first hour, call it a rookie error

    • daedalus

      June 12, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Lol, if he fails there are always plenty of Ferraris in the race again this year to take out the Factory LMP1 cars.

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