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The Michelin Le Mans Cup is reserved for cars conforming to the current FIA GT3 homologation regulations as well the LMP3 in conformity with the ACO LMP3 2017 regulations.

Michelin, the title sponsor of the series, will be the exclusive tyre supplier and Shell will be the official fuel supplier.

LMP3

LMP3

In order to strengthen the pyramid of endurance racing which was introduced in 1999 by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the ACO has launched in 2015 a new category of junior sports-prototype for endurance racing, LMP3.

In the pyramid of "Le Mans Prototypes," LMP3 becomes the first step on the ladder before moving up to the LMP2 and LMP1 classes (the latter in the FIA WEC and 24 Hours of Le Mans).

The thinking behind this car is that there should be fewest number of constraints possible, whether those are budgetary, technical, driving or operation. The sale price of the new car, complete, must not exceed €206,000.

The LMP3 is a closed car. The chassis and bodywork of LMP3 can be built by six manufacturers which have been designed by the ACO : Ginetta, Ligier, Adess, Dome, Riley and Norma. They are very close to those of the current LMP2 (closed cockpit, carbon chassis with tubular steel roll cage). The powertrain consist of a Nissan 420 bhp normally aspirated V8 engine, and an X-Trac gearbox. It is identical for all chassis, and marketed by the ORECA company which also provides specific assistance to teams.

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LMP3 technical specifications:

 Minimum weight

 900 kg

 Fuel tank capacity

 80 litres

 Engine

 Nissan V8

 Gearbox

 Max 6 gears + reverse

 Brakes

 Steel discs / max diameter 14" (355 mm)

 Overall length

 4650mm (including rear wing)

 Overall width

 1900 mm

 Wheels and tyres

 Max width

 13"

 

 Max diameter

 28"

 

GT3

Car design

 

The first step on the ladder for competitors wanting to concentrate on endurance racing in GT cars the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup is only open to GT3 cars homologated by the FIA.

The GT3 Le Mans Cup is primarily for amateur drivers, with vehicles close to production models. It is up to each manufacturer to develop its car and provide a precise description in an FIA homologation document.  During events the scrutineers must ensure that the car is in line with its homologation papers and any adjustments decided upon following BoP tests.

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