ACO press conference: LMDh regulations and 2021 calendar
There were several announcements at today’s Automobile Club de l’Ouest press conference, aired as a television programme to comply with COVID-19 protocols and distancing rules.
Topics included the name of the new top class, LMDh regulations, the 2021 FIA WEC calendar, MissionH24 and the 2020 Spirit of Le Mans award.
The traditional Automobile Club de l’Ouest pre-race press conference, which aired today, provided several pointers as to the future of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and endurance racing.
Watch the press conference replay HERE.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Richard Mille, President of the FIA Endurance Commission, Gérard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC and John Doonan, President of IMSA were among the speakers.
A big step forward in ACO-@IMSA convergence. Prudent & realistic regulations will encourage even more interest from manufacturers and ensure a bright future for endurance racing.#LeMans24 #WEC #IMSA pic.twitter.com/PHmVWMwkx5— GerardNeveuWEC (@GerardNeveuWEC) September 18, 2020
Peugeot’s return to the discipline in LMH was warmly welcomed, as was Alpine’s non-hybrid LMP1 entry in 2021, a rival for the Toyota Hypercar.
Pierre Fillon announced the name of the top class in Endurance for machines that will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans: Hypercar.
IMSA president John Doonan lauded the valuable collaboration between IMSA and the ACO in finalising the LMDh regulations. Thierry Bouvet and Matthew Kurdock gave more detailed insights into the unique hybrid system designed by Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac. The first LMDh entries will be fielded in 2022. Several manufacturers have already expressed interest to IMSA.
Download the LMDh regulations HERE.
The ninth season of the FIA World Endurance Championship will comprise six races, with a round at Monza for the first time, in July. The calendar is subject to change as the Covid-19 situation evolves. Click HERE to read more.
MissionH24, the programme initiated by the ACO and GreenGT welcomes new partners convinced of the virtues of hydrogen in zero-carbon transport, Richard Mille and French automotive supplier Plastic Omnium, which is to provide the fuel tanks for the 2024 hydrogen category.
The conference also provided the opportunity to unveil the new H24Racing hydrogen-electric prototype. The new machine, the H24, is some 150 kg lighter than the LMPH2G, with improved aerodynamics. Team test driver Norman Nato believes the changes will make all the difference to racing performance.
Finally, Amato Ferrari, owner and founder of AF Corse, was presented with the 2020 Spirit of Le Mans award for his long-term involvement in endurance.