In early 2021, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) made several changes to the LMP2 class regulations to assist the stratification between the new Hypercars and the LMP2s. Experimentation showed that the simulations were correct and that modifications were necessary. Off of the strength of that experience, the ACO and FIA once again collaborated with the help of LMP2 team representatives for the upcoming 2022 season.
This past year, the Hypercars performed to their full potential. With more cars entered in 2022 and the consolidation of the BoP, their performances will be tempered. As a result, the LMP2 class will be subject to adjustments for 2022.
Following several meetings with team representatives, it was agreed to reduce the power of the Gibson engine, which is common to all LMP2 cars.
The agreed upon adjustments are as follows:
- An aerodynamic kit in "Le Mans" configuration will be adopted for the entire FIA WEC season, while in the European Le Mans Series, a "standard" bodywork will be used
- The reduction of fuel tank volume to approximately 65 liters; the ACO and FIA are working with manufacturers to agree on a simple and required method to implement this change
- The aAdaptation of driving time according to the volume of fuel in the car
These regulation modifications result from the goal of the teams and organizers to employ strategic focus and logical decisions relative to the advent of Hypercars.