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Petrol LMP1s Given Bigger Tanks

The Le Mans Test Day might well see plenty of paddock comment after a further raft of changes to the balance of performance were communicated to the teams.

After the post-Spa politicking involving the Toyota team making it clear that they felt the diesel/ petrol performance balance was out of kilter the FIA Endurance Committee has dealt both hybrid and non hybrid-powered petrol-fuelled LMP1 cars a further 3 litres of fuel capacity.

That gives the Toyota TS030 a 76 litre tank, the remaining non hybrid privateers, Strakka and Rebellion meanwhile will have an 80 litre fuel capacity.

That compares to the 58 litres for the diesel hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattros,

An earlier raft of changes saw Porsche dealt a power increase with the new, factory run new 911 RSR dealt a 0.3 mm restrictor increase.

The same change will also apply to Pro and Am 911 GT3 RSR (997) machines.

The GTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTEs meanwhile have been dealt a 10kg weight penalty.

No FIA mandated changes will apply to the Ferrari’s, Corvettes or Vipers.