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 2019 regulations.
Michelin, the title sponsor of the series, will be the exclusive tyre supplier and Shell will be the official fuel supplier.
The LMP3 class was introduced by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) in 2015 and 2020 will mark the introduction of the new generation of LMP3. Four manufacturers have been selected to help the ACO take the class forward: Ligier, Duqueine Engineering, Ginetta and Adess.
Competitive cars, a top-flight sporting programme, an affordable budget, a straightforward mechanical set-up and technology within everyone’s reach will continue to form the backbone of the series. LMP3 was designed as a training ground for endurance racing, an arena in which drivers, team members, engineers and mechanics can hone their skills and prepare for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
2020-2024 LMP3 characteristics:
- Oreca is the exclusive powertrain (engine, gearbox and electronics) supplier
- The car will be an upgrade of the manufacturers’ present vehicles, not an entirely new car. An upgrade kit has been defined, covering safety, performance and design
- Customer quality will be a prime concern with technical support at circuits, a spare parts service and a technical passport
Key technical information for LMP3 in 2020-24:
- Engine power has been increased by 35 hp, to 455 hp
- The new Nissan VK56 engine will be introduced. The current engines (Nissan VK50 V8) will be adapted to deliver the same power and performance as the VK56. Competitors can thus keep their current engines until they come to the end of their useful life and then acquire the new one
- As for the chassis, some safety-related changes have been approved for the driver’s headrest structure and the driver’s seat, and Zylon side panels will be introduced.
- Introduction of traction control
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LMP3 technical specifications:
Fuel tank capacity
Max 6 gears + reverse
Steel discs / max diameter 355.6 mm
4650mm (including rear wing)
1800 mm and 1900 mm min
Wheels and tyres
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.