The first Balance of Performance (BoP) tables for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has been set with all GTE-Pro class contenders receiving their weight and power adjustments.
For the WEC contenders, it was the first BoP update since the FIA World Endurance Championship season opener at Spa and many of the changes cited by Sportscar365.com refer back to their previous Spa BoP.
According to report, the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, the returning GTE-Pro class winner, has the least amount of BoP changes from Spa with a slight reduction in turbo boost and a 5kg increase in its minimum weight. The BMW M8 will receive an additional 13kg of weight and a power reduction in its turbo boost tables. The Aston Martin Vantage and the BMW M8 are now at 1268kg since Spa.
The Ford GTs received a 25kg increase in weight and a turbo boost reduction. The GTs now weigh in a 1280kg.
Ferrari’s 488 GTS received an 11kg increase in weight and a similar power reduction in its turbo boost that’s said to be comparable to the Fords reduction.
Porsche’s 911 RSR received a 17kg increase in weight while its air restrictors will be 0.6mm smaller than they were at Spa.
Corvette Racing will run the C7.Rs at a minimum weight of 1244 kg and will have a 29.5mm (x2) air restrictor.
Fuel capacities have also been adjusted class-wide to limit the maximum fuel stint length to 14 laps at Le Mans. The BoP bulletin reads “teams cannot do more than 14 laps in any conditions”. There is also a minimum refueling time of 35 seconds based on the declared refueling restrictor.
The BoP for the 24 Hours of Le Mans may be adjusted again following the official 2018 test day which takes place on Sunday, June 3rd. The 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place June 16-17th.
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