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LMP1 Non-Hybrid Power Tweak in Sebring EoT Update

Updated LMP1 EoT released ahead of FIA WEC’s return to Sebring later this month…

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The FIA World Endurance Championship has released an updated LMP1 Equivalence of Technology for the 1000 Miles of Sebring, with the non-hybrids receiving a minor petrol energy tweak.

The LMP1 non-hybrid cars running with turbocharged engines will have roughly 3 Megajoules per lap less of fuel compared to the difference between the Toyota TS050 Hybrids and privateer entries in the most recent round in Shanghai, while the normally-aspirated cars will be down about 2.3 MJ per lap.

This roughly equates to a 3.5 percent decrease for the former powertrain type and a 2.5 percent decrease for the latter against the factory Toyotas.

Only SMP Racing’s pair of BR Engineering BR1 AER machines are turbocharged, while the rest of the privateer field is normally aspirated.

ByKolles Racing recently switched from its V6 Nissan turbo engine to V8 Gibson power for the remainder of the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’ but will not be present at the Florida airfield circuit next week.

No changes have been made to any of the other EoT parameters, including minimum car weight, maximum petrol flow during refueling and the maximum size of the fuel rig restrictor.

Toyota leads both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings heading into Round 6, with the team’s No. 8 crew of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima holding a five-point lead over the sister No. 7 squad of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez.

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

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