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ACO, FIA Review LMP1 Equivalence Of Technology
July 19, 2018
The aim of the recently updated EoT is to enable private teams in the World Endurance Championship entering recent non-hybrid cars to approach the performance levels of the Toyota hybrid prototypes developed by the Japanese manufacturer since 2016.
ACO, FIA Review LMP1 Equivalence Of Technology

A few alterations have been made to the Equivalence of Technology (EoT) in the LMP1 category, as announced by the ACO and the FIA ahead of the World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Silverstone.

The aim of the EoT is to enable private teams entering recent non-hybrid cars to approach the performance levels of the Toyota hybrid prototypes developed by the Japanese manufacturer since 2016.

“…the performance gap of 0.25 percent is being reduced to zero percent (the 0.5-seconds difference per lap at Le Mans between hybrids and non-hybrids is no longer relevant),” ACO’s Technical Delegate Thierry Bouvet said. “The fuel flow for privateer LMP1s goes up from 108 kg/h to 115 kg/h compared to 80 kg/h for the hybrids. Furthermore, the fuel flow of the refueling system used by private teams has been increased. And last, but not least, cars powered by normally-aspirated engines will benefit from a 15kg weight reduction.”

This year, these two types of technologies are in direct competition, with a single works team, Toyota, running a hybrid prototype (LMP1H) against non-hybrid cars (LMP1NH) entered by private teams.

These alterations have been decided in light of the large amount of information collected at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans and are the fruit of hard work and careful consideration between the ACO, the FIA and the competitors. They come into effect from the 6 Hours of Silverstone onwards.