idden away inside the recesses of
the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the
Federation Internationale de l’Automobile,
the men in charge of crafting the new
LMP1-H regulations decided a half-ration of
insanity and a full measure of inspiration was
needed to prod the automobile industry.
Within the minds of those freethinkers,
a concept involving the shift from heavy
reliance on fossil fuels began to percolate. It
quickly expanded to an interwoven matrix
of aerodynamic purity, decreased curb
weight, reduced fuel capacity, fuel usage
limits per lap, and increased hybrid
assistance to steer its marquee prototypes
in a greener, more relevant direction.
The ACO/FIA decided a complete sea
change was in order, and the risk/reward
factor would certainly favor those capable of
mastering the challenge, but at what price?
Announced in 2012, the new-for-’ 14
regulations could perhaps have been
perceived as a massive overreach. To
comply with them, costs would rocket and
Like something out of a science fiction movie, the LMP1-H
cars from Audi, Porsche and Toyota push technology to the
limit, with future benefits for the street cars we all drive.
WORDS Marshall Pruett
ILLUSTRATION Paul Laguette
(FROM LEFT) The Audi R18 e-tron quattro,
Porsche 919 Hybrid and Toyota TS040 HYBRID
push road car-relevant hybrid technologies and
each other to the limit in the FIA World