No 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota TS050 Hybrid, LMP1, Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, FIA WEC Le Mans 2017

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club of the West (ACO) and Gérard Neveu, Managing Director of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship (WEC), today outlined a new direction that will lead to a new face of WEC, both exciting and consolidated.

These new directions include innovations that will not only see the continuity of the tight battles between WEC’s emblematic prototypes and GTEs, but also offer competitors a viable and sustainable economic model for the future.

The recent announcement of the withdrawal of some manufacturers has given the FIA ​​and the COA the opportunity to accelerate an evolutionary process that is already in the making and to develop an exciting and attractive vision of the future.

Details are being finalized and will be announced in due time, but several aspects of this new direction have been unveiled and will allow us to continue on a solid world endurance championship, created in 2012, have been a vital part of the builder’s commercial and technical strategies, and also able to attract competitors eager to compete at the highest level of endurance racing.

Three basic parameters have been taken into account for this new face of WEC; timing, logistics, sporting regulations and techniques were at the heart of these decisions:

  • All decisions must remain in line with the endurance competitions and the values ​​of this discipline. The 24 Hours of Le Mans remain the reference point.
  • The focus remains on the customer (the competitor), the product (the proposed competition) and the fans.
  • For each of these decisions, the economic and financial aspects will be taken into consideration as a matter of priority, which is essential to enable the WEC teams and partners and to ensure the continuity of the WEC through a viable and sustainable economic model.

These guidelines were presented and received the full support of Jean Todt (President of the International Automobile Federation), the FIA ​​Endurance Commission and its President, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones. The calendar and the new sports regulations will be presented these days for ratification by the FIA ​​World Council.

Jean Todt (President of the International Automobile Federation): “I am delighted with the new timetable and the changes to the WEC championship which will allow this great motorsport discipline to take a fresh start. ”

Pierre Fillon (President of the Western Automobile Club): “We would like to thank Jean Todt, President of the FIA, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman of the Endurance Commission, and all its members for their support. these decisions, essential to the future of the WEC, were taken in record time.

“With the support of all WEC friends and partners at IMSA, an agreement has been reached to return to Sebring and bring the 12 Hours of Sebring back into the WEC calendar, and we are delighted.

“Thanks to all these decisions, we are confident that we will see a complete and very competitive track on the track. We are already in discussions with several manufacturers and private teams who are seriously studying their entry into LMP1 from 2018-2019. taking into account the fact that the LMP2 and GTE trays are already important, with a very high level of commitment for the future.  

New look, strengthened FIA WEC for the future

• 2018/2019 Transitional years towards a stronger future

• 24 Hours of Le Mans to become final race of extensively revised calendar

• Change to LMP1 technical regulations

• WEC Prologue to start and endurance testing

President of the Automobile Club of the West (ACO), Pierre Fillon, and CEO of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship (WEC), Gérard Neveu, today outlined the pathway to an exciting new-look, strengthened WEC.

The plans include several innovative features that will not only continue and close the exciting competition between prototypes and GTE cars but will also become a viable and sustainable business model for the future.

The recent announcement of the withdrawal of certain manufacturers has offered the FIA ​​and ACO an opportunity to accelerate the evolution process which was already underway, and to develop an exciting and enticing vision for the future.

Full details are still being finalized and will be announced in due course, but a few of the new features will be available. development strategies and the draw for inward competitors wishing to compete at the highest level in endurance racing.

WEC, with the calendar, logistics, sporting and technical regulations being at the heart of the decisions:

• All decisions must stay in line with Endurance Racing and the values ​​of the discipline. The 24 Hours of Le Mans remains the point of reference.

• The main focus of the competition is the competition and the fans.

• As a priority, for each of these decisions, the financial and economic aspects must be taken into consideration. It is essential to allow the WEC’s teams and partners to continue in the WEC with a viable and sustainable business model.

The President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Jean Todt and the FIA ​​Endurance Commission led by its President, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones. The FIA ​​World Motor Sport Council for Ratification in the coming days.

The whole calendar with release details and more on technical regulations can be found HERE

A new face and a new future for the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship

• 2018/2019: a period of transition towards a new future

• The 24 Hours of Le Mans become the final round of a deeply revamped schedule

• Modified LMP2 regulations

• The WEC Prologue will be held in April and will offer an endurance test

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club of the West (ACO) and Gérard Neveu, Managing Director of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship (WEC), today outlined a new direction that will lead to a new face of WEC, both exciting and consolidated.

These new directions include innovations that will not only see the continuity of the tight battles between WEC’s emblematic prototypes and GTEs, but also offer competitors a viable and sustainable economic model for the future.

The recent announcement of the withdrawal of some manufacturers has given the FIA ​​and the COA the opportunity to accelerate an evolutionary process that is already in the making and to develop an exciting and attractive vision of the future. Details are being finalized and will be announced in due time, but several aspects of this new direction have been unveiled and will allow us to continue on a solid world endurance championship, created in 2012, have been a vital part of the builder’s commercial and technical strategies, and also able to attract competitors eager to compete at the highest level of endurance racing.

Three basic parameters have been taken into account for this new face of WEC; timing, logistics, sporting regulations and techniques were at the heart of these decisions:

• All decisions must remain in line with the endurance competitions and the values ​​of this discipline. The 24 Hours of Le Mans remain the reference point.

• Attention remains focused on the customer (the competitor), the product (the proposed competition) and the fans.

• For each of these decisions, economic and financial aspects will be taken into consideration as a matter of priority, which is essential to enable the WEC stables and partners and ensure the continuity of the WEC through a viable and sustainable economic model.

These guidelines were presented and received the full support of Jean Todt (President of the International Automobile Federation), the FIA ​​Endurance Commission and its President, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones. The calendar and the new sports regulations will be presented these days for ratification by the FIA ​​World Council.

More information as well as schedule and technical regulations can be found HERE