There were 5 factory LMP1 cars that took part in the 24 hours of Le Mans this year – 3 Toyotas and 2 Porsches. At some point during the race, all 5 LMP1 cars suffered issues – some terminal, some not.
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Talking about this, former Audi LMP1 driver Oliver Jarvis has said that these breakdowns of LMP1 cars at this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans was not a “good advert” for the top class of endurance racing.
“I had a bet with my engineers that an LMP2 would finish on the podium, but we definitely didn’t see ourselves leading the race”, said Jarvis who competed in Le Mans this year with the LMP2 Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 car that won the LMP2 class and finished P2 outright.
“The ACO sets the rules to slow the cars down, yet this year we had the lap record smashed and the cars going faster than ever on less fuel than ever. But that’s clearly had a knock-on effect on reliability.
“After the test day it was clear the P1 hybrids would have issues at some point, but what we saw last weekend was manufacturers pushing the envelope to the extreme, and it wasn’t a good advert for the class in the end.
“Perhaps the cars now are just too technical, and in my opinion something has to be done about the cost surrounding them if the class is going to be sustainable.”
What do you think? Will LMP1 cars regain reliability following their evolution or does Oli Jarvis have a point?
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– Aditya Bhat.