Today’s meeting of the FIA World Motorsport Council in Geneva, the first of the year concluded with a number of decisions of interest to DSC readers.
Perhaps the most intriguing was the approval of a recommendation from the FIA GT Commission to introduce a process to “avoid the creation of GT3 ‘prototypes’
A minimum production number required for GT3 race cars will be enforced, 10 units must be made within 12 months as from the homologation date, and 20 units within 24 months as from the homologation date.
DSC believes that the Cadillac GT3 programme, effectively a full factory effort with no customer cars produced before the withdrawal of the ATS-V.R GT3 at the end of the 2017 season was an example of the shape of programme that the new regulation is targeting.
The change does though make it far less likely that new ’boutique’ brands would be able to enter the GT3 marketplace.
The World Council also approved the extension of the contract for the FIA GT World Cup to be hosted in Macau for 2018 despite the somewhat chaotic scenes in 2017.
The controversial FIA WEC calendar change for Fuji has also been endorsed by the Council.