LMP2 taking the 'spec' route for 2017?

One of the most discussed topics in sportscar racing lately is the new LMP2 regulations for 2017, to settle a global set of regulations for the cost-capped prototype category, allowing any interested teams to roam between the different ACO sanctioned championships, as well the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.

At the moment the most controversial topic was the manufacturer presence in the category, as the American manufacturers would like to take benefits of the new regulations to continue the legacy of manufacturer-specific bodywork, as already seen in the Daytona Prototypes that run in TUSC.

But, after the latest meeting between manufacturers, FIA, ACO and IMSA, the class can take a slightly different route, turning into an almost spec class.

Some sources told to Sportscar365 that FIA and ACO proposed a formula with spec engine and tire manufacturer, and limiting the number of chassis manufacturers to four, initially. These measures are intended to cut costs to the teams, like in the LMP3 class, as well to create a healthy market to the manufacturers involved.

The cars under the new global regulation would be based on the current LMP1 structure and size. The proposed spec engine would be 4-liter aspirated V8 one, with a possible power increase of 50 hp.

Although the rest of the world would take the spec engine route, in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship multiple engine manufacturers would be allowed, but their overseas outings would be limited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a Balance of Performance applied to them.

If all parts reach an agreement, the regulations, as well the manufacturer selection process will be presented in the next FIA World Motorsport Council. It is expected that once the new regulations come, all the current prototypes (LMP2s and DPs) will have a one year waiver to participate in 2017, before being outlawed.