Engine restrictions eased for 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans
For the 2014 race, Automobile Club de l’Ouest have altered certain rules offering more advantages to LMP1 racers and offering them enhanced technology in keeping with that of road cars. Besides this, organizers of 24 Hours of Le Mans has also ensured that control on engine designs have been revamped and all of these alteration will ensure better performance and viewer satisfaction at the same time.
As of now, there are restrictions in size of gas engines to 3.4 liters capacity. Besides this, diesel displacement should be 3.7 liters or less while turbocharger, supercharger and air restrictor regulations too have been modified while limitations of cylinder, restrictors and turbo pressures have been done away with altogether. Fuel meters will now permit diesel powered car 3.99 liters per lap while gas powered cars would get 4.95 liters per lap while tank sizes have been reduced to 12% less than normal.
LMP1 car drivers will be required to sit upright and forward offering better visibility and help reduce the frequency of accidents. Weight has been reduced from 900 kgs to 830 kgs for non hybrid vehicles while hybrids have been restricted to 850 kgs. Cars will be slimmer post 2014. These major changes will be due to come into effect from 2014 and were announced at the start of the 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans which ran through Saturday 16th June and Sunday 17th June 2012. These changes will contribute to more environmentally friendly and economically more advantageous racing while greater impetus will be paid to improvement in efficiency of LMP1 cars while making racing safer and more enjoyable.
Last weekend saw Audi take top honours at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an annual driving event since 1923. In the past 13 years, Audi has has emerged winner on 11 occasions. For 2012, Audi Sport Team Joest driving the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro hybrid finished the required 378 laps and a distance of 5151.76 kms ahead of others to emerge winners.