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LMP1 Power Reduction Approved by WMSC

Total combined LMP1 power output to not exceeded 1,000 hp…

Photo: Porsche

Photo: Porsche

LMP1 cars have been given a reduction in total power output, following a decision by the World Motor Sport Council Wednesday in Paris.

Releasable power from the hybrid energy recovery systems will be reduced in order to prevent a total power output of more than 1000 horsepower.

The exact power cut was not disclosed by the FIA, although it’s understood Porsche could be the most affected, with its 8MJ-powered 919 Hybrids known to have exceeded the new imposed limit.

The measure, taken on safety grounds, is not expected to be put into place until next year.

Additional changes are also in store for LMP1 cars, including revised regulations in refueling, bodywork, wheels, rim material, rear view mirrors and drivers’ safety equipment in the cockpit.

LMP2 cars will have minor revisions to safety-related regulations, such as rear view visibility, as well.

Additionally, as previously revealed by Sportscar365, the WMSC has approved that LMP2 engine number limitations will not be counted for The Prologue.

Finally, an 80 km/h speed limit will be imposed for all cars during a red flag period.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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