This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.
I’m not sure I understand all the drawing board rules of the new world sports car category for what’s called hypercars. But I do understand that hypercars will expand hybrid technology, electrification and production-based machines at the top of world sports car racing.
I think that’s a wonderfully good thing and, evidently, manufacturers are seeing it that way as well. Toyota has committed along with Aston Martin. McLaren is studying the new rules along with Ford.
This top class will replace the uber expensive LMP1 class with lap times approximately equal to what is now LMP2. That alone indicates the rule book will tilt toward production-based machinery even though prototypes will be allowed.
Ford’s departure from GT racing to consider a hypercar program will tell you that manufacturers are interested in less expensive machinery that somehow makes people think showroom and not wish worlds.
Now, if only the NASCAR-based IMSA program would get on board.
June 23, 2019