Ferrari Accepts Power Gain From Wec Engine

Ferrari Accepts Power Gain From Wec Engine

This weekend's round five of the World Endurance Championship will feature increased engine power available to the Le Mans 24 Hours champions.

Ferrari has been awarded its lost engine power for this weekend's Interlagos World Endurance Championship event, which takes place before its triumph in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Under the new power gain aspect of the Hypercar class Balance of Performance, which was implemented for last month's Le Mans WEC event, the maximum power of the Italian manufacturer's 499P was reduced by 1.7% over 250 km/h (155 mph).

The BoP for the Sao Paolo 6 Hours shows that the Ferrari Le Mans Hypercar is 1.8% positive.

Although technical director Ferdinando Cannizzo requested the media to "draw its own conclusions" about the impact of the decrease Ferrari experienced under power gain at Le Mans following the first track activity on the pre-event Test Day, Ferrari remained silent on the matter.

He made the observation that the vehicles' ability to compete will be impacted by the power loss since "on a track like Le Mans, we are above 250km/h [155mph] for 45% of the time."

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During race week, the Ferrari increased its straight-line speed; but, in damp and rainy circumstances, the Toyota GR010 HYBRID LMH proved to be faster due to the removal of the 499P.

For the fifth round of the championship, the Brazil WEC race, the maximum power allowed from the 499P's hybrid engine below the 250 km/h barrier has been lowered from 508kW at Le Mans to 503kW (678 to 674bhp).

Additionally, the French enduro's minimum weight requirement was raised from 1043 to 1060 kg.

However, like most of the Hypercar competition, Ferrari's engine power and weight are mainly consistent with the data from the May WEC round at Spa.

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This is due to the fact that the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe's distinctive qualities are the reason why the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the FIA, and the WEC rule designers view Le Mans as having a different BoP.

In contrast to the Belgian race, which the marque appeared to be winning until it was controversially restarted after the event's planned finish time due to a red flag, the Ferrari's power is down from 506kW in Spa and its weight is up from 1053kg.

The Isotta Fraschini Tipo 6 Competitizone LMH, the Peugeot 9X8 2024, and the Porsche 963 are the only vehicles with weight modifications into double figures from Spa.

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The Peugeot LMH has dropped 14 kg, the Porsche LMDh has gained 14 kg, while the Isotta has gained 30 kg in weight.

There is no power improvement for either vehicle; the Peugeot's output is up 2kW from Spa and the Porsche's is up 5kW to 512kW.

Toyota's GR010 will have 4 kg less weight than it did in Spa and 9 kW less power.

However, the car's power increase has been adjusted by 2.8%.

One of the quickest vehicles in the Le Mans straight-line, the Alpine A424 LMDh, had a correction of minus 1.3% over 250 km/h.