LMP2 performance levels in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series will be slashed further for the 2021 season, following a decision by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the FIA WEC committee.
The ACO writes in a statement that it has decided to adjust the performance of the secondary prototype class ‘in order to harmonise performance levels between the Hypercar and the LMP2 categories.’
It goes on to say that it has made the decision to ‘ensure that the performance windows of the two respective classes of cars, as well as their speed profiles, remain consistent at all circuits and in all weather conditions.’
The decision comes following concerns that the LMP2 performance level could be too close to the Hypercar category, which will debut in 2021.
As part of the changes, the LMP2 machinery has seen a power reduction as the Gibson V8 engines will now produce 400 kW (536 hp) instead of the previous 450 kw (600 hp).
Additionally, a single aero kit will be made mandatory across the whole season, limited to Le Mans specification. This is also the case in the Hypercar class.
Finally, the minimum weight for LMP2 cars has also been increased by 20 kilograms, now weighing in at 950 kilograms.
Following these changes, the ACO says it has decided to abandon plans to use new-generation Goodyear tyres in favor of retaining the tyres used during the previous season.
“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,” it states.
“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.”