Le Mans new hypercar rules may soon allow race cars onto UK roads

Le Mans new hypercar rules may soon allow race cars onto UK roads


What is a Hypercar?

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The famous 24-hour French endurance race will welcome a new era tomorrow with the launch of its new cheaper Hypercar class ending the heavy costs of LMP1. The cars may look similar to before, but the small changes have brought a wealth of manufacturer interest back to sportscar racing’s top table.

Peugeot will be back in 2022, with Ferrari confirming their return just one year later.

Meanwhile, brands such as Porsche, Audi, Mazda, Lamborghini and Bentley are all eyeing entrants this decade.

The simple difference is allowing manufacturers to base their race car designs off their existing road car plans.

This is not a necessity for the top class of endurance racing but allows manufacturers to fuse their race and road campaigns together.

It’s part of the FIA’s new approach to ensure sportscar racing “remains relevant to road car philosophy”.

The changes mean a string of firms are lining up to offer the first top-level sportscars to be offered as a road-going vehicles in over 25 years.

Speaking during Thursday’s practice session, DailySportscar editor Graham Goodwin said it was the “basic principles” of the category which had helped draw manufacturers back.

He said: “The two basic principles of the LmH hypercar formula. It’s an interesting one.

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“If you base it on a road car as Aston martin were planning to do with the Valkyrie, you have to build a certain number of cars

“If you base it on a prototype, as both Toyota and Gliuckenhaus have chosen to do, you don’t.

“Jim Glickenahus will build you a road going version of that car.”

Glickenhaus will make it’s Le Mans debut this weekend but already has plans for road-going models of their car.

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