The new class at Le Mans will replace the LMP1 Series and we can't wait to see it.
Formula One is the ultimate racing series with the fastest cars and the best drivers, but many car enthusiasts don't pay any attention to it because the cars share nothing in common with the models you can actually buy in showrooms. Nascar faces the same issue, as even though the cars feature familiar nameplates, they have little in common with the road-going versions. But if you've dreamt about seeing multi-million dollar hypercars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie going around a race track, we've got some good news.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will feature a new class of vehicles for the 2020/2021 season. This new class will replace the LMP1 Series and will officially be called the Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class according to Motorsport.com.
We've known about the series for a little while now but the final name was still under consideration, as were the rules of the class. More details have emerged on the class rules, which allow for prototypes and racing versions of road-going hypercars. The FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has also made a modification to the rules on who can enter the series, saying competitors, "must enter a homologated car under the name of an automotive brand."
Independent teams can still enter the category with prototype cars but the road-going models must have a 20-model production run within two years of entering. Just like the good old days, this means there should be a nice run of race-bred hypercars that customers will be able to buy. Teams in the series will be allowed 40 personnel for a non-hybrid two-car team or 43 if the cars are hybrids.
With the creation of this new class, we should see some incredible new cars from a variety of manufacturers. Aston Martin should enter with its Valkryie hypercar and other interested parties include Peugeot, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, and even Toyota's Gazoo Racing brand.