Additional changes have been made to the Balance of Performance (BoP) tables following Sunday’s official testing session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and those changes hit Corvette Racing right where it hurts…the restrictor plates.
Prior to the testing session, the air restrictors were lowered on the Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs from its IMSA BoP of 29.5mm (x2) down to 29.1mm. Following the full day test session at Le Sarthe where Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia recorded the fastest time in LMGTE Pro with a lap of 3:55.122, the new BoP calls for a further reduction of 0.3mm for the the C7.Rs air restrictors.
Porsche finished second in the class with Nick Tandy just 0.280 seconds behind Garcia in the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR and for their efforts, Porsche received a 5kg minimum weight increase.
The Ford GTs received a 5kg weight reduction following the test, which is on top of the 20kg weight reduction it received in the pre-test BoP.
According to John Dagys at Sportscar365.com, the biggest adjustments went to the Aston Martin Vantage GTE which received a 10kg weight reduction and a 0.2mm smaller air restrictor.
Corvette Racing also has its fuel capacity set for 93 liters per the new post-test BoP. That compares to the Aston Martin’s 102 liters, Ford 98 liters, Porsche 95 liters and Ferrari’s 88 liters.
As our friend Chris Draper reminded us today, the days of building a better race car appear to be over:
In the early days Corvette asked the ACO for some help against the 8.0L Vipers & they told GM to go build a better car. Times have changed.— Chris Draper (@chrisdraper2007) June 9, 2016
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