Major update to 2020 'Hypercar' regulations announced

Major update to 2020 'Hypercar' regulations announced

Le Mans/WEC

Major update to 2020 'Hypercar' regulations announced

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In a major change for the 2020 technical regulations designed to provide the next generation of top-class sports cars, replacing the current generation of LMP1s, the FIA World Motorsport Council, at its meeting in Geneva, has approved an updated version of the regulations adding racing versions of road-going hypercars to the already proposed full race prototype cars with road car styling cues.

The addition comes after pressure from manufacturers taking part in the Technical Working Groups developing the final regulations, after several key players assessed the likely cost of programs against the original regulations and found that budgets would be substantially in excess of the circa 20 million Euros ($22.4m) per season for a two-car effort outlined by the ACO in presentations in the autumn of 2018.

The FIA statement accompanying the confirmation of the addition to the regulations states that, “This expansion is designed to enable additional manufacturers to enter the championship.”

An update in detail is expected to be released during the joint FIA WEC/ IMSA Sebring race meeting next week.

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