The president of the group responsible for organising the Le Mans 24-hour race believes future zero-emission LMP1 drivetrains will speed up the development of sustainable road cars.
Speaking at the race that proceeds this year’s Le Mans, the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Spa, ACO president Pierre Fillon said he believes LMP1 manufacturers are already a leading force in developing hybrid systems and that emission-free drivetrains are next.
“Le Mans is important not just for racing, but also the future of mobility,” he explained. “The future of mobility is zero-emission, so Le Mans must be the same.”
Fillon therefore wants future racing regulations to focus on cutting costs in areas not relevant to road cars, such as downforce-producing aerodynamics and to encourage teams to develop more efficient technology that is.
“We have already seen this with the fuel [flow] limit,” said Fillon. “And we have limited the amount of development time allowed in a wind tunnel, so it is something we already do.”