The ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) has announced the introduction of an ecology prize to take into account the environmental components of the cars' performances.
Daniel Poissenot, Clark of the Course, talked about the ecology price that will be introduced in 2006 and the measures to allow teams to access performance data about their cars.
"We have decided it would be a good idea to introduce a prize aimed at the ecological aspect of motor racing. This prize will be awarded taking into account parameters such the speed of the 24 hours and linking it to the fuel usage, the noise level and the pollution.
"We have set up a number of systems in different corners to measure performances of cars and will make the data available to the teams, as it is up to Le Mans to take the leadership in this particular area."
Mr. Poissenot said he was open to any form of new technology in the light of Peugeot's recent announcement about an HDi diesel-powered car and BMW's hydrogen-powered projects.