The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved a number of proposed changes to the regulations for the Le Mans Hypercar category set to debut at the start of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The FIA Endurance Commission announced in May that the LMH formula would see a number of changes applied to bring it in line with the draft technical regulations for the LMDh category and make the category more cost-effective. These changes have now been approved by the WMSC during a meeting on Friday.
These changes included a power reduction, as well as a decrease in minimum weight.
“Changes to the technical regulations of the Le Mans Hypercar category, which will become the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship next season, have been approved by the Council,” a statement by the FIA read. “The changes focus on three key areas: power, weight and control of aerodynamic performance.”
“The maximum power of Le Mans Hypercars has been brought down from the initially planned 585kW to 500kW. Along with the reduction in power, comes a decrease in minimum weight of the cars, from 1100kg to 1030kg. The changes will make both the development and the running of the cars more cost-effective while maintaining performance objectives.”
“General principles of the convergence between the Le Mans Hypercar and Le Mans Daytona “h” have also been agreed. A unique Balance of Performance system will ensure both types of cars will operate in the same performance window.
LMDh will be based on one of the four chassis that will be available, and will be fitted with common rear hybrid system, a manufacturer-branded engine and a manufacturer-stylised bodywork.”