PistonHeads.com Forum

LM - 2018 onwards?

LM - 2018 onwards?

Author
Discussion

hilly10

3,701 posts

150 months

Monday 25th September
quotequote all
Grahamdub said:
True, it's even the planning of the trip, the drive down there, seeing other stickered up cars at the services, sitting around a bbq talking crap into the night with the sound of the Corvettes drowning you out every time they go past ..
Bang on

FredericRobinson

1,243 posts

154 months

Monday 25th September
quotequote all
eps said:
I guess it depends on how far away you live from Silverstone.. Luckily I live about 25 minutes south of Silverstone, so no problem getting there or even popping home during a 24 hour race! smile
I live 5 hours north, so it's a lot closer than Spa or Le Mans!

lowdrag

8,503 posts

135 months

Thursday 5th October
quotequote all
Big article in the Ouest France paper yesterday saying it is doubtful that Toyota will appear next season. And after all the shouting that Peugeot want to come back it is announced that they are concentrating on rallying. LMP1 seems to be a dead duck.

eps

4,775 posts

191 months

Thursday 5th October
quotequote all
lowdrag said:
Big article in the Ouest France paper yesterday saying it is doubtful that Toyota will appear next season. And after all the shouting that Peugeot want to come back it is announced that they are concentrating on rallying. LMP1 seems to be a dead duck.
I find it a little odd of Toyota to pull out. I guess they fell they can only 'lose' from entering.

If they win, they should have anyway. If they lose it will look really bad.

MartG

10,280 posts

126 months

Thursday 5th October
quotequote all
If they stay they will be the only LMP1H team competing - even if they won it would be something of a hollow victory.

Too late/expensive to re-engineer a car to compete with the non-hybrid LMP1s expected next year
Advertisement

lucido grigio

30,646 posts

85 months

Thursday 5th October
quotequote all
I assume where "lowdrag" says Peugeot concentrate on rallying,means PSA group as the WRC entry is a Citroen.
They maybe need extra cash to pay Sebastien Ogier's wages next year.

Peugeot still doing Dakar rallies too in a 2008 thing.

tankplanker

1,865 posts

201 months

Thursday 5th October
quotequote all
Last I heard was Toyota were pushing to change the proposed rules around BOP (or whatever it's called for LMP1) so that the gap was closed between hybrid and non hybrid as AOC had it still in clear favour of hybrid?
https://www.motorsport.com/wec/news/toyota-competi...

and I thought Peugeot chose Rallycross (not WRC) over WEC?
http://www.dailysportscar.com/2017/10/04/peugeot-c...

DS240

Original Poster:

2,377 posts

140 months

Thursday 5th October
quotequote all
lucido grigio said:
I assume where "lowdrag" says Peugeot concentrate on rallying,means PSA group as the WRC entry is a Citroen.
They maybe need extra cash to pay Sebastien Ogier's wages next year.

Peugeot still doing Dakar rallies too in a 2008 thing.
No, rally cross championship which everyone is apparently watching.... Yet never really see any coverage of (TV or print).

Peugeot putting more support into a team competing. Dunno if they are continuing Dakar entry.

DS240

Original Poster:

2,377 posts

140 months

Thursday 5th October
quotequote all
I personally don't know why Toyota would compete if things stay the same. History will obviously read they had a victory (you'd have to hope they would win it), but it would be pretty hollow.

If they don't finish it really would be a smack in the face for the company.

It has been amazing watching these hybrid creations but it's always felt things would go pop. Feel a bit let down at how both audi and porsche have withdrawn. Audi for letting fans not get another chance to see them for last time before announcing exit and porsche for simply doing a precision marketing top up and leaving the event they use so much for history, up the creek without a paddle.

lucido grigio

30,646 posts

85 months

Thursday 5th October
quotequote all
Peugeot still entering the Dakar ,Loeb then needs to rush back and possibly drive a Citroen on the Monte.

Loeb might do more WRC rounds in 2018 or presumably stay at Peugeot Hansen in WRX.

Peugeot probably need to up the WRX budget as they rarely beat the Volkswagen team Sweden Polos or the EKS Audis.

FredericRobinson

1,243 posts

154 months

Thursday 12th October
quotequote all
Toyota press conference at Fuji today to announce their plans, according to Midweek Motorsport last night.

tankplanker

1,865 posts

201 months

Thursday 12th October
quotequote all
Fingers crossed that Alonso is in the car for Le Mans.

FredericRobinson

1,243 posts

154 months

Thursday 12th October
quotequote all
Then again, Dailysportscar reporting no decision likely this weekend

//j17

2,825 posts

145 months

Thursday 12th October
quotequote all
tankplanker said:
Fingers crossed that Alonso is in the car for Le Mans.
Why? Another F1 prima-donna to come along and, well not really do any better/as well as the ranks of professional endurance sports car racers.

Did Mark Webber come back to sports cars and make everyone go "Wow, he's so much better/faster than everyone else"? He didn't even set the pole lap.

tankplanker

1,865 posts

201 months

Thursday 12th October
quotequote all
//j17 said:
Why? Another F1 prima-donna to come along and, well not really do any better/as well as the ranks of professional endurance sports car racers.

Did Mark Webber come back to sports cars and make everyone go "Wow, he's so much better/faster than everyone else"? He didn't even set the pole lap.
Alonso is a better driver than Webber ever was, so not quite the same. If Alonso isn't faster then that reflects well on the WEC drivers, particularly as F1 drivers are usually touted as being the best.

//j17

2,825 posts

145 months

Thursday 12th October
quotequote all
tankplanker said:
F1 drivers are usually touted as being the best.
I'd accept that F1 drivers are the best single-seater drivers but they don't seem to be very good dealing with cars travelling at different speeds on the same track or safety car restarts. Or is that JUST Vettel...? biggrin

tankplanker

1,865 posts

201 months

Thursday 12th October
quotequote all
//j17 said:
I'd accept that F1 drivers are the best single-seater drivers but they don't seem to be very good dealing with cars travelling at different speeds on the same track or safety car restarts. Or is that JUST Vettel...? biggrin
I hope Alonso isn't in a GTE Pro as he isn't very good at blue flags in F1 where the gap between the McLaren Honda and the front runners isn't quite as big as GTE Pro and LMP1 wink Would be nice for Alonso to overtake something even if it isn't in the same class as the car he is competing in.



MartG

10,280 posts

126 months

Friday 13th October
quotequote all
Judd have announced a new LMP1 engine

https://www.motorsport.com/wec/news/new-judd-v10-e...

Spiritual_Beggar

4,790 posts

116 months

Saturday 14th October
quotequote all
5.5l N/A V10!!!?

That's fantastic news! Can already imagine how amazing that is going to sound going down the Mulsanne!

lestiq

633 posts

91 months

Saturday 14th October
quotequote all
Spiritual_Beggar said:
5.5l N/A V10!!!?

That's fantastic news! Can already imagine how amazing that is going to sound going down the Mulsanne!
I know right?! That has put a smile on my face.