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Swiss watch brand Rebellion announced this morning that it will step away from all of motorsport activities following the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, meaning the team’s FIA WEC LMP1 program has just four races remaining.

 

The announcement implies, but doesn’t categorically state, that Rebellion will no longer be a part of the forthcoming Peugeot Sport FIA WEC hypercar effort. Said Rebellion CEO Calim Boudhadra: “I am convinced that the Peugeot Brand’s challenge in WEC will be a great success in the future, which I regret not being able to attend.”

 

This ends a 13-year run of involvement, racing as a privateer team at the highest levels of sportscar racing, as a front-running privateer team in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The team has also competed in Dakar.

 

 

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Nije dobro krenulo za novu WEC specifikaciju:

 

 

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Aston Martin set to cancel Hypercar program

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By: Marshall Pruett | 23 minutes ago

 

 

A major blow has been dealt to the ACO and FIA World Endurance Championship’s plans with the cancellation of Aston Martin Racing’s Hypercar program utilizing its new Valkyrie road car.

 

RACER has learned a formal announcement is imminent. Reached Monday, a brand representative declined to comment on the topic.

 

Termination of the racing project for the 6.5-liter V12-powered machine comes on the heels of a major investment into the financially beleaguered British auto manufacturer led by Canadian Lawrence Stroll, who owns the Racing Point Formula 1 team, and will become Aston Martin’s executive chairman along with aligning the company with his F1 team in 2021.

 

Factory-based racing programs involving Multimatic, which builds the car on behalf of Aston Martin, and R-Motorsport, which campaigned an Aston Martin DTM entry alongside GT3 programs using the brand’s Vantage model, were expected to enter a total of four cars to open the September 2020-June 2021 FIA WEC season.

 

Aston Martin’s withdrawal from the new FIA WEC Hypercar class, which is set to debut in September, also places exceptional pressure on the ACO and FIA. It leaves Japanese auto brand Toyota as the only known manufacturer ready to answer the bell and go racing when the Hypercar formula debuts at Silverstone. Small American auto manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus intends to have its SCG 007 Hypercar ready to race in 2021, and the German ByKolles outfit, which announced it would build a Hypercar, has yet to demonstrate its words have resulted in the design or creation of something real.

 

Last week, France’s Peugeot reconfirmed its intention to join the new top class of endurance racing in 2022 after its project partner Rebellion Racing revealed its plans to withdraw from the sport after June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Although Peugeot has not officially stated whether it would build a car to the Hypercar rules since regulatory convergence was achieved between the ACO and IMSA, it’s believed the Le Mans-winning company will follow IMSA’s new-for-2022 LMDh regulations.

 

Nonetheless, barring the surprise appearance of a new Hypercar brand to compete alongside Toyota later this year, the formula will have a single brand in position with two cars to usher in the ACO/WEC’s new post-LMP1 era. Whether the Aston Martin news will force the ACO/WEC to reconsider its class structure in the early days of Hypercar, or opt to retain its current LMP1 structure where Toyota’s hybrid prototypes race for overall honors against non-hybrid privateers, is currently unknown.

 

The collapse of Aston Martin’s Valkyrie Hypercar racing effect also raises questions on the formula’s viability when convergence takes place to start the 2021-2022 WEC season, and at the onset of IMSA’s 2022 WeatherTech SportsCar championship, where Hypercars and LMDhs are meant to race together in a unified class. With a dearth of Hypercars to fill the grid, and an uptick in the number of LMDh (DPi 2.0) manufacturers anticipated for 2022, sustainability could be a significant concern for those brands which side with Hypercar regulations.

 

Revealed in January of 2019, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said of the Valkyrie, “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.”

 

 

Problem sa Strulovicevom kupovinom Aston Martina je to sto su svi njihovi trkacki programi trenutno u saradnji sa Red Bulom. A kako ce uskoro RP da postane Aston Martin F1 tim, i uz sve vec uticaj Honde na RBR, neminovno je da Aston i Red Bul raskinu saradnju. Astonov WEC program je tu samo kolateralna steta.

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the world’s two greatest motor races, has been postponed from its traditional mid-June running to the weekend of September 19-20.

 

To date, the change, which follows dozens of racing event postponements and cancellations in reaction to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, is the most significant of its kind.

 

 

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I IMSA kao Indikar umesto otkazanog dabl-hedera sa WEC u Sebringu organizuje virtuelnu trku:

 

 

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Entries finalized for IMSA Sebring iRacing event

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By Marshall Pruett | 6 hours ago

 

 

IMSA’s first foray into esports as an alternative to cancelled or postponed WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rounds has drawn a giant field for Saturday’s 90-minute iRacing event.

 

Featuring a field of 50 GT Le Mans cars at iRacing’s virtual version of Sebring International Raceway, a grand assortment of professional IndyCar and IMSA drivers, along with a number of young stars and pro-am drivers from IMSA’s development categories like the Michelin Pilot Challenge series, Prototype Challenge, and other sports car championships.

 

The action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET, with live streaming available on iRacing’s Twitch channel and the iRacing eSports Network on YouTube.

 

Alex Premat BMW M8 GTE
Ben Waddell Porsche 911 RSR
Bruno Spengler BMW M8 GTE
Colton Herta BMW M8 GTE
Corey Lewis BMW M8 GTE
Dakota Dickerson Porsche 911 RSR
Dalton Kellett TBD
Daniel Morad BMW M8 GTE
Felipe Nasr BMW M8 GTE
Filipe Albuquerque Porsche 911 RSR
Gabby Chaves BMW M8 GTE
Gregory Liefooghe Ford GT GTE
Harry Gottsacker BMW M8 GTE
James Pesek Ford GT GTE
James Vance Porsche 911 RSR
Jarett Andretti Porsche 911 RSR
Jeff Segal Ferrari 488 GTE
Jesse Krohn BMW M8 GTE
Joao Barbosa Ferrari 488 GTE
Kenton Koch Porsche 911 RSR
Mark Allen Porsche 911 RSR
Mark Wilkins Porsche 911 RSR
Mason Filippi BMW M8 GTE
Matt Campbell Porsche 911 RSR
Michael Johnson Porsche 911 RSR
Michael Lewis BMW M8 GTE
Mirko Bortolotti Porsche 911 RSR
Nick Boulle Porsche 911 RSR
Nicky Catsburg BMW M8 GTE
Nico Rondet Ferrari 488 GTE
Parker Chase BMW M8 GTE
Paul Holton Porsche 911 RSR
Richard Heistand Porsche 911 RSR
Richard Westbrook Ford GT GTE
Robby Foley BMW M8 GTE
Roman De Angelis Porsche 911 RSR
Ryan Hardwick Porsche 911 RSR
Sage Karam Porsche 911 RSR
Santino Ferrucci BMW M8 GTE
Sebastian Priaulx BMW M8 GTE
Seth Thomas BMW M8 GTE
Shinya Michimi Porsche 911 RSR
Stevan McAleer BMW M8 GTE
Tom O’Gorman BMW M8 GTE
Tristan Vautier BMW M8 GTE
Tyler Cooke BMW M8 GTE
Antonio Felix da Costa Porsche 911 RSR
Jeroen Bleekemolen Porsche 911 RSR
Harry Tincknell Ford GT GTE

 

 

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First technical details of Hypercar/LMDh rule convergence revealed

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By Marshall Pruett | 17 hours ago

 

 

The long-awaited information needed to shape the future of sports racing prototypes has been delivered to auto manufacturers and specialist constructors interested in the FIA WEC’s Hypercar formula, and those with an eye on IMSA’s LMDh category.

 

RACER has learned both next-generation rule sets, which were meant to be unveiled in March at the combined IMSA and WEC SuperSebring event, have been distributed, and with the regulations in hand, the finer aspects of the Hypercar and LMDh formulas have been defined.

 

It’s believed the biggest areas of commonality between the WEC’s inventive Hypercars and IMSA’s LMP2-based LMDhs has been found in an overall reduction in horsepower and a higher minimum weight.

 

Rumors in recent months during the regulatory convergence process suggested a significant obstacle to clear, as a divide between the high-power desires for Hypercars and the medium-power needs for LMDh manufacturers posed a budgetary conflict. Something in the range of 785hp was targeted for the Hypercars, which have options to run with or without kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS), and was presented as the standard for both formulas to meet. But the majority of interested Hypercar and LMDh manufacturers are known to have pushed back at the figure.

 

While reaching almost 800hp would have been easier on the Hypercar front due to the greater latitude with internal combustion engine (ICE) designs, considerable cost would have been involved. And on the IMSA side, where DPis make just over 600hp in their current non-hybrid form, manufacturers pressed to keep the same general output number in place, which would allow the carryover of those DPi ICE powerplants in the new LMDh formula and save a substantial amount of money.

 

Had the Hypercar power peak been adopted, all-new, purebred racing engines would have been required in LMDh and jeopardized manufacturer participation due to the spike in budgets. Unlike the WEC’s top prototype class, IMSA’s DPis have both GT3-based engines and custom engine solutions; at 785hp, all of the GT3-derived motors would need to be shelved.

 

The new peak power figure is said to be 670hp for Hypercar and LMDh, with IMSA’s new and spec KERS units providing enough power to reach the new number without requiring extra power from the ICE.

 

A minimum weight of 1030 kilos, or 2271 pounds has also been agreed upon across both formulas, which is higher than expected, and likely accounts for the various powertrain and KERS combinations in Hypercar.

 

More details on aerodynamics and other facets of the converged prototype formulas are also known to have been shared with manufacturers.

 

 

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