A recent meeting took place where one could view, if lucky, the top of Mount Fuji in Japan. Perhaps the representatives from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) saw their own visions of the sportscar racing future.
Present were Vincent Beaumesnil, Sport Director of the ACO, Bernard Niclot, the FIA Technical Director, Denis Chevrier, the FIA WEC Technical Delegate and Daniel PERDRIX, the ACO Technical Delegate. They had a full agenda but two areas were spotlighted: LMP2 and GTE.
The focus on LMP2 was based on their success with new entries and tightly-contested on-track action. Both the ACO and the FIA want to protect the as well as continuing the growth of the class and two key points were: Cost cap for chassis, engine & engine rebuilds and stability of rules (until end of 2015 minimum) & freezing of cars.
The hot topic is the possible “evolution of GT”! Perhaps the idea is easier to say then to accomplish. Grand Touring (GT) has always been a fan favorite since the cars on track are road cars that many dream to have, or they do have, in their garages. They include Corvettes, Aston Martins, BMWs, Ferraris, Audis, and the newest Mercedes, Lamborghini, and McLaren cars designed to compete on the world market.
For the normal fan, they see the cars they dream of and they cheer on their favorite drivers and teams. The growth of the various GT-based cars has been amazing from GT races to Le Mans GT3 classes, and to the GT3 cars.
Per the FIA and ACO statement “they are joining their efforts with the manufacturers to create a working group that will investigate the possibility of a single GT category. The goal is to establish a single GT class that has the technical credibility of GTE at the reduced cost of GT3. This means that each manufacturer only has to develop one car instead of two (GTE and GT3) as is the case now.”
The idea to unite them may not be easy and their goal to see their vision on track is the year 2015.