The new-for-2021 Hypercar class is the top-tier category in the FIA World Endurance Championship which is open to both specialised prototypes and cars based around road-going vehicles.
This news class will feature two types of car:
- LMD (Le Mans Hypercar, from 2021)
- LMDh (Le Mans Daytona h, from 2022)
The ultimate aim is for these two types of car to compete against east other in the FIA WEC and in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and, therefore, to race in both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
In 2021, only cars built in accordance with ‘Le Mans Hypercar’ technical regulations may compete. These regulations leave scope for a wide variety of architectures and allow a front-axle hybrid system to be fitted.
All cars competing in the Hypercar class will be shod with Michelin tyres (exclusive tyre supplier) from 2021. Lap times for the 24 Hours of Le Mans are estimated at 3:30.00. Consequently, the hierarchy in relation to the LMP2 class needed to be redefined.
The budget required to run two cars throughout a WEC season will be almost 80% lower than a similar LMP1 Hybrid programme.
In 2022, the Hypercar class will open to manufacturers choosing to compete under LMDh regulations. In LMDh, the backbone of the car – i.e the whole car minus the internal combustion engine, the body and the hybrid system – will be supplied by one of four chassis manufacturers: Dallara, Multimatic, Ligier or Oreca.
This chassis structure will also be that of the next generation LMP2s. The common rear-axle hybrid system is mandatory.
Like the hybrid LMH, the LMDh will have a total combined output (engine + hybrid system) or 500 kW and a minimum weight of 1030kg.
Minimum weight: 1030 KG
Balance of Performance: Guaranteed level playing field
Maximum output: 500 kW
Number panels: Pantone red 653
Single tyre manufacturer: Michelin
Controlled costs: Budget reduced by 80%
Le Mans lap time: Estimated at 3:30.00
Driver categories: Bronze drivers are not permitted