The Automobile Club de l’Ouest and FIA, organisers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, have presented the technical regulations for the 2020 Hybrid LMP1 vehicles.

In an attempt to answer the requirements of the manufactures, which are currently investing in the development of Hybrid Plug-Ins, the LMP1 cars competing in 2020 will be given a rapid recharge at the same time as they are being refuelled. The car must cover the first kilometre after each refuelling stop in full-electric mode. In addition to that, the cars must cross the finish line in electric mode as well. The ACO has stated to further define these rules.

Driving fully electric at Le Mans isn’t new. In 2014 the Garage 56 entrant Nissan ZEOD RC was the first to complete a full lap in electric mode and was able to reach 300 km/h at Mulsanne Straight.

The two energy recovery systems will be retained and are limited to 8MJ, equally to the current ones. ACO opens up the integration of other types of more evolved fuels in collaboration with the suppliers’ strategy. It also continues research work on hydrogen as an energy source with the aim of introducing it at a later date.

In addition to that, several safety improvements are announced, as well as the introduction of active aerodynamics including a moveable front and rear wing to increase the cars’ efficiency.

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Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.

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