Autosport 26/08/21

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toyota’s ‘unlucky’ crew kicks off new era with long-awaited win

So, Toyota scored the 1-2 most Le Mans fans expected last weekend. But it was no easy run – as Gary Watkins explains at the start of our bumper report on page 16, there was an underlying issue with both cars that could have handed the initiative to Alpine and Glickenhaus. The fact that all five Hypercars finished in the top five is a good start for an era that looks set to feature epic battles between multiple manufacturers. Former Audi squad Veloqx is the latest name linked with a return (p4), while the fact that hydrogen-powered cars are being lined up to contest overall victory in the 24 Hours from 2025 could bring yet more interest to the top of endurance racing. One of the feel-good factors of the 89th Le…

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veloqx to return with new fangio hypercar

LE MANS 24 HOURS/WEC The Veloqx team, runner-up at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2004, is gearing up for a return to top-flight sportscar racing with a Le Mans Hypercar bearing the Fangio name and powered by a radical environmentally friendly engine. The British-based organisation will end an absence from the race tracks dating back to its successful 2004 season with a pair of Audi R8 LMP1 prototypes, which also yielded victory at the Sebring 12 Hours and a clean sweep of all four races in the Le Mans Series. It is developing its own LMH prototype and engine for a project that is likely to hit the race track in the World Endurance Championship in 2025. Team founder Sam Li said: “I was 28 when we stopped at the end of…

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hydrogen cars to shoot for le mans win in 2025

LE MANS 24 HOURS The proposed class for hydrogen fuel cell prototypes at the Le Mans 24 Hours has been delayed for one year. But when the new zero-emissions racers arrive in 2025 the intention is that they will be able to challenge for overall victory. Pierre Fillon, president of Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, explained that “with the regulations it will be possible on paper” for a hydrogen car to challenge the Le Mans Hypercar and LMP2-based LMDh machinery. He pointed to Audi’s debut win with the R10 TDI turbodiesel at the French enduro in 2006 as evidence that new technologies can be successful straight away. Fillon revealed that eight manufacturers are part of the group working on the regulations for the new cars and that he expects three…

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alpine moves closer to full prototype assault

LE MANS 24 HOURS Alpine has given the clearest indication yet that it is gearing up to build a new prototype to continue its quest for victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The Renault marque has revealed that it is evaluating the Le Mans Hypercar and LMDh categories. Laurent Rossi, boss of the brand currently undergoing a revitalisation, said at Le Mans that Alpine “is looking at various ways to carry on our presence in endurance” beyond the life of the current programme with the grandfathered Alpine-Gibson A480 LMP1. Both LMH and LMDh are on the table, though Rossi gave no indication of which route Alpine favours. He said that Alpine regards its involvement in endurance racing as complementary to its Formula 1 programme. The technical resources of the Enstone F1 set-up would…

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gte pro to end as le mans commits to gt3 future

LE MANS 24 HOURS The vision for the future of GT racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship has been laid out by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the FIA. The current GTE regulations will be replaced by a new category based on GT3 for 2024 when GTE Pro will be dropped. No meat was put on the bones by either of the bodies that set the rules for international sportscar racing. ACO president Pierre Fillon explained that there was still work to be done on the detail of the plans and that the final rules and regulations will be set by the end of the year. He stated that GT3 will be the “basis” of the new class used across the WEC and the sister European Le…

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red bull could never accept 2021 sacrifice

FORMULA 1 Red Bull boss Christian Horner says his Formula 1 team could never have accepted switching off development of its current car early – despite rivals throwing efforts at 2022. With F1 teams preparing for a rules revolution next year, a number of outfits – including Mercedes – elected to freeze their current designs early in the campaign to focus more on their new cars. But Red Bull bucked the trend and has been aggressive by bringing a series of upgrades to its RB16B in its bid to ensure it does everything to try to win this year’s F1 title. Horner (right) has said that he thinks the team is not sacrificing its 2022 performance by pushing so hard this season, and he made clear to Autosport there was no way he…