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Starting BoP Established for Hypercar, GTE Classes

Weight, power levels set ahead of Prologue at Spa-Francorchamps…

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The initial Balance of Performance for the new Le Mans Hypercar class has been established ahead of next week’s Prologue and opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season at Spa-Francorchamps.

Released by the FIA on Friday, the minimum weights, maximum stint energy and power levels have been defined for both the Toyota GR010 Hybrid and grandfathered Alpine A480 Gibson LMP1, which will be the only cars in the LMH class at the Belgian season opener.

Weighing in at 1040 kg, the Toyota will have a maximum stint energy of 964 MJ and peak power output of 520 kW (697 hp).

This compares to the ORECA-built Alpine, which will be 110 kg lighter at 930 kg but have reduced energy per stint (920 MJ) and a maximum power output of 450 kW (603 hp).

A BoP system has replaced the previous Equivalence of Technology (EoT) in the championship’s top class in the new LMH era.

The starting BoP in the production-based GTE-Pro and GTE-Am ranks has also been set ahead of the start of on-track action on Monday.

Both the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo and Porsche 911 RSR-19 will be on near-identical minimum weights of 1260 kg and 1259 kg, respectively, while the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R has been given a minimum weight of 1235 kg.

Power outputs for the turbocharged Ferrari and naturally aspirated Porsche and Corvettes have also been defined.

The GTE-Am class, which will feature the 2019-spec Porsche for the first time, sees slightly reduced performance to the Pro class, as has been the case in previous seasons.

The Porsche, for instance, will run with a 30.3 mm (x2) air restrictor in GTE-Am compared to the larger 30.8 mm diameter in GTE-Pro.

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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