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The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has announced a new top class for the Le Mans endurance race – a "hypercar" class that will begin in 2020-21, designed to entice some of the world's most extreme streetcars to throw down and prove themselves. And one we'll definitely see on track is the awesome Aston Martin Valkyrie.
The new Le Mans regulations will allow manufacturers either to enter hypercar-style prototypes, or develop racing machines based on homologated road-going hypercars with a minimum of 20 units produced over a two-year period. Weight will be kept around 1,100 kg (2,425 lb), and the powertrain's "average total output" to 550 kW (750 hp), with a view to keeping average lap times somewhere in the region of 3:30 at Le Mans.
While aerodynamic safety criteria will be imposed, underbody and body design will be free, allowing wild designs like the Valkyrie to push forward with aerodynamic ideas far too extreme for Formula One. And while hybrid powertrains are not mandatory, any electric assistance will be limited to a 200-kW (270-hp) contribution.
Source ; newatlas
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