The Le Mans 24 Hours (Sept 19-20), waves goodbye to the twin-hybrid LMP1 rocket ships that made the race — and the World Endurance Championship — such a spectacle. P1 will give way to the new LM Hypercar class, with LMP2-based LMDh cars due to join them in 2022. Audi, Porsche and Toyota’s hybrid behemoths created one of sports car racing’s greatest eras. We don’t know too much about the new classes, except they will be significantly slower. The target lap time for LMH and LMDh around Le Mans is 3min 30sec, compared to a 100-lap average of 3min 20.9sec for the best of the 2019 Toyota TS050s.
The performance handicaps that have helped the Rebellion team claim two wins so far this season isn’t part of the game at Le Mans. The idea was that the system, based on the gaps between cars in the championship table, would prevent a Toyota runaway before Le Mans, originally the final round of 2019/20 WEC.