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Le Mans Hypercar regulations allow for absolutely wild engine designs!
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Le Mans Hypercars, unlike Formula 1, have very open regulations regarding the engines. If it runs on gas, and has four strokes – yeah, you can run it! This leads to wildly different strategies within the world of endurance racing: small engines, large engines, turbo engines, naturally aspirated engines, V6 engines, V8 engines (you can even run rotary!), hybrid or not, the world of endurance racing has it all. It’s fascinating to see manufacturers choose different strategies when it comes to powertrain, including the behemoth, 8800 RPM naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 engine used in the Cadillac V-LMDh.
Endurance racing, however, is fairly complicated. This video won’t get into the differences between IMSA & WEC, LMDh vs LMH, or the other dozen acronyms used in this fairly complicated motorsport. The powertrains are awesome, the racing is awesome, but the series could use a little help in terms of educational content surrounding the rules, team approaches, and various strategies. All of that said, I had an incredible experience attending the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans! 100 years as of 2023! Enjoy the video and learn all about the powertrain strategies in this sport.
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