This year’s top-flight WEC – and therefore Le Mans – prototype racers are about to enter a season after some of the most extreme regulation changes in endurance racing history. And we’re not joking – if you thought the recent rule changes in F1 were radical, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Essentially, this year’s WEC championship and Le Mans race will not be won by the fastest car. Instead, it’s the team who uses an allotted amount of energy each lap the most efficiently, while covering the most mileage, who will end up on the top step of the podium.
So in order to really know what these ruddy complex rules mean for the teams, drivers and cars, this week we went to one of Audi’s secret test sessions in America to let top bods clarify this year’s rules (and comb our brain cells straight again).
Click forth to see the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro in action and find out how the makeup of endurance racing may well have changed forever…
Pictures: Rowan Horncastle