By Rhys Vandersyde

The future of prototype-based endurance racing has been locked in with the organizers of the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Challenge agreeing on a set of common technical rules.

After announcing in early 2020 that the two championships would work together on a way forward for the manufacturers of the two series, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the FIA ​​and IMSA have now reached an agreement on the specifications. techniques of the new category. go forward.

The new agreement means that LMH prototypes built to compete in the World Endurance Championship will also be able to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023.

“This major announcement stems from our ambition to forge a common future for Endurance. »Declared Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

“We all worked together to achieve this historic agreement and I would like to sincerely thank all stakeholders. “

“This is great news for the teams and the fans and it marks a bright future for Endurance. The manufacturers dreamed of being able to participate in the biggest endurance races in the world with the same car model: this will now be a reality.

The announcement means that Toyota and Peugeot, which have already unveiled their Le Mans Hypercar plans, will be able to compete in two of the iconic endurance races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona with the same equipment.

“The FIA, ACO and IMSA have worked towards a common future where teams that race in LMH and LMDh can race on both sides of the Atlantic.” said Richard Mille, President of the FIA ​​Endurance Commission.

“Today we can see that the convergence has come closer to reality which is great news for all of us involved in endurance racing.”

“The principles were accepted by all parties. The dream of teams and manufacturers able to compete for the first time in all high-level endurance races with the same car is now within reach. This represents an important moment in the history of motor racing.

The set of common rules lock in four key technical elements: tire fitment, acceleration profile, braking ability and aerodynamics.

“What we achieved as a group a few weeks ago in Paris has the potential to revolutionize sports car racing prototypes around the world.” said John Doonan, president of IMSA.

“The stage is set for a highly competitive top class that will include many of the world’s leading automakers, showcasing relevant technology in the world’s most prestigious endurance races.

“Collectively, we have the opportunity to engage with the next generation of endurance sports car racing fans and to elevate our sport to the highest level. I could not be more proud of the spirit of collaboration between our IMSA team, our ACO and FIA colleagues, and all of our automotive partners.

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