We all disliked the Equivalence of Technology (EoT) rules and the, frankly shocking, ‘racing’ that they resulted in – effectively gifting Toyota two straight Le Mans wins.
In an effort to redress the balance somewhat and ensure a more equal level of performance and increased competition between the LMP1 Hybrid and Non-Hybrid prototypes competing in the WEC, the following measures concerning the EoT have today been announced.
The different points were discussed and agreed by the LMP1 competitors, Toyota Gazoo Racing, Rebellion Racing and Team LNT ahead of The Prologue, the WEC’s official pre-season test in Barcelona on 23/24 July.
• Weight: The Toyota TS050 HYBRIDS will each carry an additional 14kg compared to the TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa 2019, thus +40kg compared to the car’s minimum regulation weight.
• Fuel tank capacity: The fuel tank capacity will be adjusted to ensure an equal number of laps per stint for both LMP1 H and LMP1 NH for every round including Le Mans.
• Refuelling time: At each pit stop LMP1 H cars will refuel 1 second slower than LMP1 NH cars to compensate for the advantage they have restarting in electric mode.
• Success handicap: A success handicap will be introduced whereby the performance of all cars – hybrid or non-hybrid – will be adjusted before each race to take into consideration points scored in the Championship.
These changes have been agreed by all LMP1 competitors and will come into effect from the opening round of Season 8, the 4 Hours of Silverstone on 1st September. For the 24 Hours of Le Mans a specific EoT will be implemented using the same principles as for the Season 8 EoT.