This year’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) season is now under way. Here’s an overview of the most important facts.
The highest speeds are reached on the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans. In 2014, the
By comparison: For the
Not only in the top class LMP1, but also in the GT class,
At the opening race at Silverstone on April 12, Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Richard Lietz (Austria) will be sharing the 911 RSR with starting number 91. In the second 911 RSR with starting number 92, Frenchmen Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet will alternate in the cockpit as they did in the second half of the 2014 season. At Le Mans, Wolf Henzler (Germany) in car 92 and Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) in car 91 will join as the third drivers.
The FIA World Endurance Championship will field a record 35 cars in 2015. In the top category LMP1, with the entry of Nissan there are now eleven prototypes registered for the entire season. Beyond the two
In the second prototype class, LMP2, twenty cars have registered for Le Mans, but only half of them will compete in the other seven WEC races.
The GT class is broken down into professionals and amateurs, i. e., factory teams and private teams. In the LMGTE Pro class, the two
Notwithstanding the desire for unrestricted freedom in the rules, some limitations were brought in for the 2015 season to keep costs under control. First and foremost, a maximum of five engines per season will be allowed in the LMP1 class. This rule ensures that no one will get the notion to develop special engines for the shorter races or for qualifying.
Also for cost reasons, the number of allowed test days was reduced and a maximum number of team members will be allowed on the track.
1 6 Hours of Silverstone - April 12
2 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps - May 2
3 24 Hours of Le Mans - June 13/14
4 6 Hours of Nürburgring - August 30
5 6 Hours of Austin - September 19
6 6 Hours of Fuji - October 11
7 6 Hours of Shanghai - November 1
8 6 Hours of Bahrain - November 21
* Data determined in accordance with the measurement method required by law. Since 1 September 2017 certain new cars have been type approved in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure to measure fuel/electricity consumption and CO₂ emissions. As of 1 September 2018 the WLTP replaced the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Due to the more realistic test conditions, the fuel/electricity consumption and CO₂ emission values determined in accordance with the WLTP will, in many cases, be higher than those determined in accordance with the NEDC. This may lead to corresponding changes in vehicle taxation from 1 September 2018. You can find more information on the difference between WLTP and NEDC at www.porsche.com/wltp.
Currently, we are still obliged to provide the NEDC values, regardless of the type approval process used. The additional reporting of the WLTP values is voluntary until their obligatory use. As far as new cars (which are type approved in accordance with the WLTP) are concerned, the NEDC values will, therefore, be derived from the WLTP values during the transition period. To the extent that NEDC values are given as ranges, these do not relate to a single, individual car and do not constitute part of the offer. They are intended solely as a means of comparing different types of vehicle. Extra features and accessories (attachments, tyre formats, etc.) can change relevant vehicle parameters such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics and, in addition to weather and traffic conditions, as well as individual handling, can affect the fuel/electricity consumption, CO₂ emissions and performance values of a car.
** Important information about the all-electric