Global warming jokes aside, it was an
inconvenient truth that a lack of sufficiently
solid water nearly forced the WRC to cancel
Rally Sweden before a last-minute freeze
enabled a truncated route to be arranged.
UPSETTING THE BALANCE
A hot topic coming out of the IMSA
Weather Tech Championship’s opener was
the sheer speed of the Lamborghini
Huracán GT3s in the Rolex 24 at Daytona,
which sent alarm bells ringing through
the GTD class. IMSA answered pleas from
the Lambo’s competitors with a pledge to
monitor the cars during the race and
make any necessary Balance of
Performance changes post-event.
It went further than that: IMSA
subsequently fined the manufacturer
and penalized all five of its cars at the
Efficiency is a buzzword of the hybrid
tech-dominated World Endurance
Championship, and series boss Gerard
Neveu says the WEC is “at capacity”
despite a drop from 35 to 32 cars.
Neveu said that the entry actually
represented an increase on last year
because of a series of withdrawals: Nissan
only contested the Le Mans 24 Hours
with its LMP1 GT-R LM NISMO, Team
SARD Morand slimmed down to one car
after missing the opening round, and OAK
Racing only raced up to Le Mans.
The level of the LMP2 entry was also of
satisfaction, explained Neveu. Eight cars
contested all the rounds last year, but 10
cars have been entered this time around.
Meanwhile, Le Mans will feature a
record-tying 60 entries, although only six
of those are from the factory LMP1
hybrids, as both Porsche and Audi are
cutting back to two cars.
The headliners still aim to do more with
less, though: Toyota is introducing a
TS050 powered by a new turbocharged
powerplant; Porsche is preparing an
updated 919 incorporating revised front
suspension, engine and hybrid system;
and Audi’s latest R18 features “a
modified hybrid system with lithium-ion
batteries for energy storage,” dispensing
with the mechanical flywheel setup of the
previous version, along with “an
efficiency-optimized TDI engine.”
Rolex 24 for performing outside the
anticipated BoP range during the race.
Although IMSA did not give the specific
reason for the penalties, Lamborghini is
known to have supplied a highly
advantageous air restrictor for the V10
engine that powers its cars, along with
Audi’s R8 LMS and R8 LMS GT3 models.
Lamborghini insisted its cars were in
compliance with regulations, but added,
“We hope more FIA components and
technical parameters will be used in the
the future to ensure a correct BoP.”
AMPING UP FOR LE MANS
A smaller footprint,
but an even more
That’s the target
for Porsche, its
rivals and the WEC.
meant that the
best-placed of the
Lamborghinis – the
No. 28 Konrad
– fell from fifth to
10th in class.
Porsche finally took
the wraps off of its
FIA WEC marvel –
four-cylinder at the
heart of the hybrid
power system that
drives its title-winning 919.
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