ACO makes further performance amendments of LMP2 amid LMH arrival

The FIA WEC Committee and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has pinned the performance of LMP2 cars by adjusting several performance factors.

The performance levels of LMP2 cars has been further restrained by reducing the power output, mandating reduced-drag aerodynamic kits and increasing weight ballast.

An announcement regarding LMP2 power reductions were made late last year in anticipation of the Le Mans Hypercar arrival next month at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

An official statement reads:

“This is to ensure that the performance windows of the two respective classes of cars (LMH and LMP2), as well as their speed profiles, remain consistent at all circuits and in all weather conditions.

“Gibson engines, exclusive to this category, will therefore deliver 400kW (536 hp) instead of the previous limit of 450kW (603 hp).

LMP2 to face power reduction in line with 2021 LMH arrival

“Furthermore, mirroring the Hypercar category, a single aero kit has been made mandatory across the whole season and will be limited to the (low-drag) Le Mans specification.

“The minimum weight of the cars has also been increased by 20 kg and has been set at 950 kg.

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“As announced last year, the initial plan was to reposition the performance window by adopting the 2021 Goodyear tyre specification and reducing the maximum engine power by 30kW.

“Following the initial testing phase and consultation with both Goodyear and the teams, the committee has decided that retaining the previously used compounds is the most suitable option, given their proven and consistent performance in all conditions as well as their drivability.

“Furthermore, lower power limit will contribute to lower running costs by extending lifespan of different components.

“The new level of performance will be introduced in all competitions (FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series) where LMP2 cars eligible to compete in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans are in use.”