The FIA World Endurance Championship is unveiled! Today, Thursday 10th June Jean-Claude Plassart, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile presented the 2012 World Endurance Championship in greater detail.
This presentation was made during the ACO Press Conference on today 9th June, two days before the start of the 79e Le Mans 24 Hours. Both presidents took advantage of this occasion to unveil the main guide lines of the future championship.
The l’Automobile Club de l’Ouest will be the promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship. A three-year contract has been signed between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. When this expires the future contract will link the two parties for ten years.
The calendar of the current series, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, will form the base for the 2012 season. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has committed to integrating the Le Mans 24 hours into this calendar. The event, however, will remain the exclusive property of the ACO and will not be included in this agreement.
The 2012 season will consist of six events plus the Le Mans 24 Hours, a total of seven races. Two events will take place on the American continent, two in Europe (not counting the Le Mans 24 Hours) and two on the Asian continent. Each event will last six hours minimum.
The final calendar drawn up with the validation of the FIA will be published in the autumn.
Two titles, three trophies and a World Cup will be awarded
- Manufacturers’ World Endurance Champion
- Drivers’ World Endurance Champion
- GTE World Cup (Endurance Grand Touring) Pro
- FIA LM P2 Trophy
- FIA GTE Am Trophy
- FIA Trophy for the best private team.
The points awarded at the end of each event will be the same as those in the other FIA World Championships. However, please note that double points will be awarded for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
For private teams it will not be more costly to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship than the present ILMC and their efforts will be rewarded by a Trophy.
The World Endurance Championship will be open to for categories identical to those eligible for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the ILMC :
- Le Mans Prototype 1 (LM P1)
- Le Mans Prototype 2 (LM P2)
- Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Pro (LM GTE Pro)
- Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Am (LM GTE Am)
TECHNCAL AND SPORTING REGULATIONS
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s 2011-2013 technical and sporting regulations will govern the Endurance World Championship under the responsibility of Vincent Beaumesnil, the ACO sports manager.
The organization of the Endurance World Championship will be based on the current Intercontinental Le Mans Cup group, a branch of the ACO, headed by Frédéric Henry-Biabaud, the ILMC general manager.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will be responsible for the sporting, technical, marketing and communications operations.
Three other subjects were tackled during this press conference:
Olivier Quesnel from Peugeot Sport presented the ACO with a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, which will enrich the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s collection and will be on display in the 24-Hours museum. Download the photo of this presentation
- The Spirit of Le Mans Trophy was awarded to Professor Ayashi of Tokai University in Japan. It is awarded to a person who, through his action, contributes to spreading the renown of the Le Mans 24 Hours, - Download the biography of Professeur Ayashi -
- The presentation of three projects for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours in the context of the 56th Pit.
The DeltaWing Project 56 whose revolutionary aerodynamics are aimed at obtaining a big reduction in fuel consumption– Download the press release presenting this car plus a picture
- GreenGT LMP H2, an electric car powered by hydrogen : Download the press release presenting this car -
- Courage Ø.12, a 100% electric car: Download the press release presenting this car plus a picture -
It was an information-packed press conference that proves more than ever the dynamism of endurance The start will be given by Jean Todt, the FIA President.