LMP2 to face power reduction in line with 2021 LMH arrival

With the arrival of the Hypercar in 2021, the LMP2 cars are set to have a power reduction to reconcile their levels of performance.

The FIA and the ACO have agreed to adjust the pace of the Gibson powertrains that are prevalent in every LMP2 car.

Rather than their usual output of 600bhp, they will be reduced to 560bhp as part of the performance level adjustments.

Alongside a Balance of Performance system to be implemented in LMH, the LMP2s new pace will be aligned to establish a clear level between their different classes.

According to a statement, the WEC understand that the decision will have “no economic impact on the teams involved” and will prompt “lower running costs”.

The WEC ensure that this was made out of confident judgement with the championship set to only attend six global venues in their revised 2021/Season 9 calendar issued at Le Mans two months ago.

These LMP2 rules will be implemented to all of the championships with LMP2 participations, including the likes of the European Le Mans Series, IMSA, and Asian Le Mans Series which will all have entries for the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2021.

Another change made numerous months ago was how Goodyear will be the sole tyre supplier in LMP2 (in 2021), rather than the current mix of Michelin and a handful of Goodyear supplied LMP2s in the WEC.

The final race in 2020 for the current LMP2s will be at the WEC 8 Hours of Bahrain next week.

The statement concluded: “The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) are already working to define the strategy for LMP2 from 2023 onwards.

“Cost control will remain a priority for this category which has been an undeniable success since 2017,” as they claim.