The new for 2020/21 'Le Man Endurance Hyper Car' rules have been confirmed - with key players already committing to the new top level endurance regulations.
Having seen a steady and sad decline of the LMP1 category of endurance racing in recent years, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest have confirmed the long known shift to new and exciting 'hyper car' regulations will indeed come into effect for the 2020/21 FIA WEC season and Le Mans 24 Hours - ushering in a new era of top level endurance racing.
Gone for the 2020/21 season will be the prototype category of racing, replaced by hypercar regulations that open the door for some seriously impressive racing machines derived from the awesome road going supercars currently built by a wide range of top tier manufacturers..
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, David King:
“The FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans represent the ultimate challenge for the Aston Martin Valkyrie – the world’s most extreme hypercar. Designed and built with the purpose of pushing boundaries on the road, it’s natural to conclude that the next stage in its development would be to measure its capabilities on the track. I can think of no better way to do that than to compete in a world championship and the most prestigious and famous race of all.”Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer:
“We have always said that we would one day bring Aston Martin back to Le Mans with the intention of going for the outright win when the time was right – now is that time. David Brown came here in 1959, with a car and a team of drivers capable of winning. We intend to do the same in 2021. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is primed for such a challenge and sits perfectly within the ACO’s new ‘hypercar’ rule framework. Bringing to bear all of our previous experience and knowledge of competing at the top levels of motorsport, we embark on this most ambitious project with the necessary ingredients for success. What could be more evocative than the wail of an Aston Martin V12 leading the charge into the night on the Mulsanne straight? ”Toyota GR Super Sport
Shigeki Tomoyama, GAZOO Racing Company President:
“I am pleased to confirm that TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will continue its challenge in endurance racing beyond the current regulations. Thank you to the ACO and FIA for their hard work in finalising these regulations, which we hope will bring about a new golden age of endurance racing, with several manufacturers fighting for Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. For TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, this new era of competition is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our credentials not only as a race team against some of the best in the business, but also as a sportscar manufacturer. I am sure I join fans and competitors in welcoming the new regulations and looking forward to an exciting era of competition in WEC and at Le Mans.”Alongside commitments from Aston Martin and Toyota, it is understood that current LMP1 privateer outfit ByKolles are also planning an assault on the series for the 2020/21 season, with the squad confirming they plan to sit out next year in order to focus preparations of the new car.
All told, this is excellent news for the WEC and Le Mans, and a much needed boost to the series that has seen progressively more manufacturers pull out of the category in the last few years - potential endangering one of the few remaining top level endurance championships in the world.
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