Pic­tures by FIA-WEC

Con­ti­nu­ity and sta­bil­i­ty are the key words through­out the class, with just a slight change to Toy­ota Gazoo Racing’s dri­ver line up as Kamui Kobayashi joins fol­low­ing the retire­ment from the cock­pit of Alexan­der Wurz (see sto­ryHERE).  Audi’s dri­ver line up remains the same as 2015, as does Porsche’s.

The LMP1 hybrid man­u­fac­tur­ers have been work­ing on their 2016 pro­grammes since mid-way through last year, and both Audi and Toy­ota will be look­ing to chal­lenge Porsche every step of the way to regain the cov­et­ed World Cham­pi­onship title (Audi 2012/2013, Toy­ota 2014).

Until the 2016 cars are ful­ly revealed ahead of The Pro­logue in Le Castel­let on 25/26th March – the first time all the WEC cars will be on track togeth­er – few tech­ni­cal details are known about them but all LMP1 cars will be sub­ject to cer­tain revi­sions in the reg­u­la­tions as detailed HERE.



The new-for-2016 Audi R18 e-tron quat­tro fea­tures inno­v­a­tive aero­dy­nam­ics, rep­re­sents the next stage in light­weight design and has a mod­i­fied hybrid sys­tem with lithi­um-ion bat­ter­ies for ener­gy stor­age, plus an effi­cien­cy-opti­mized TDI engine.

Porsche Team’s 919 Hybrid has been test­ing in the Mid­dle East, work­ing with a car which may look sim­i­lar to 2015 but which has been opti­mised in all areas, main­ly in terms of effi­cien­cy and devel­op­ment of func­tion­al­i­ty where per­for­mance gains can be made:  engine and gear­box, hybrid sys­tem and bat­tery effi­cien­cy.

Toy­ota will intro­duce the new TS050 at Le Castel­let and has already revealed that the 2016 chal­lenger will be wear­ing a new white, red and black liv­ery.  The Japan­ese man­u­fac­tur­er has worked on sig­nif­i­cant changes to all areas in order to improve per­for­mance, includ­ing mono­coque, engine and hybrid sys­tem to meet the team’s ambi­tious per­for­mance tar­gets.



Joao Lamares

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