The FIA World Motor Sport Council yesterday approved the first measures proposed by the ACO and the FIA WEC concerning the discipline’s new top class which will see Hypercars as the premier category in the 2020-21 world championship.

At a meeting in Paris the following were approved: 

World Titles

The nomenclature of World Championship titles is agreed as follows:
  • FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Champion (Hypercar)
  • FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Champion (Hypercar)
  • FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Champion (LMGTE)
  • FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Champion (LMGTE)

Conditions of Entry

Le Mans Hypercars will be homologated under the name of the marque and entry is subject to approval by the Endurance Committee.

A personnel limitation has been introduced in the Hypercar category, with a maximum of 40 operational staff permitted, or 43 for Competitors entering a car homologated with an ERS.

Tests

Contrary to current rules, testing will not be restricted in the first year of homologation to give teams adequate opportunity to develop their cars. Restrictions will apply as of the second year. As was already the case in LMP1, restrictions will be imposed on the composition of Le Mans Hypercar teams: 40 people for a team entering two cars, 43 if they are hybrids.

Le Mans Hypercar and LMP2

To facilitate on-track cohabitation LMP2 will have a single tyre supplier and engine power will be reduced by 30kW as of next season. These measures have also been designed to help keep costs under control but we’re not sure how that will actually work over today unless they tyre supplier has been mandated to lower the prices over today. 

The Le Mans Hypercar class will kick-off as part of the 2020-21 FIA World Endurance Championship.