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Old 23 Jun 2017, 23:07 (Ref:3746324)   #196
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BLANCPAIN ULTRACAR GT1 SPORTS CLUB IN PAUL RICARD THIS WEEKEND
Porsche 911 GT1, Maserati MC12 GT1, Lamborghini Murciélago GT1, Ferrari 550 GT1, Corvette C6 GT1, Aston Martín DB9 GT1

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Old 24 Jun 2017, 00:27 (Ref:3746330)   #197
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If the Lamborghini Urus does for Lamborghini, what the Cayenne did for Porsche....
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BLANCPAIN ULTRACAR GT1 SPORTS CLUB IN PAUL RICARD THIS WEEKEND

Porsche 911 GT1, Maserati MC12 GT1, Lamborghini Murciélago GT1, Ferrari 550 GT1, Corvette C6 GT1, Aston Martín DB9 GT1



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Fantastic!!

And the sessions are streamed in YouTube too. I usually don't watch this series but certainly this weekend with that lineup
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Old 13 Jul 2017, 06:32 (Ref:3750852)   #200
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It is a really pity to have not a GT1 or GTP category today.
The last images of the Aston Martin Valkyrie, show an impressive car and today has no place to compete.
its aerodynamic tunnels are grandiose and the V12 Cosworth derivative of Formula 1 engine it should sound awesome.
I would like too see this car in Le Mans fighting for overall victory.

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The Shank Acura team is very good. I think HPD should give them a shot to race as a full factory squad still. GTLM would be the place though. With BMW moving to GTE compliance. There is space for someone to get that special waiver that BMW has had the last couple of years. Maybe it could be the Acura NSX.

What would it take to get that car to run a couple seconds a lap faster to get into GTLM speed range? Michelin tires, and some aero like rear wing enhancements and a diffuser would instantly move that car ahead of the GTD's comfortably and into the GTLM range. The speed gap between GTLM and GTD is as small as it has been since the ALMS/GA merger. So it could be done I think.
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The Shank Acura team is very good. I think HPD should give them a shot to race as a full factory squad still. GTLM would be the place though. With BMW moving to GTE compliance. There is space for someone to get that special waiver that BMW has had the last couple of years. Maybe it could be the Acura NSX.

What would it take to get that car to run a couple seconds a lap faster to get into GTLM speed range? Michelin tires, and some aero like rear wing enhancements and a diffuser would instantly move that car ahead of the GTD's comfortably and into the GTLM range. The speed gap between GTLM and GTD is as small as it has been since the ALMS/GA merger. So it could be done I think.
Acura already goes to DPI, I do not think they want to have another factory program.
Lexus was the one that had interest in GTLM, but TRD President and General Manager Dave Wilson said:
"Prospects of a move into the GT Le Mans class have been put on hold, at least for the time being, despite having shown interest in the class earlier this year.
“What I’ll say about GTLM is that it’s GT racing but it’s a big step from where we are today. Yes we can be a ‘factory team’ but you really have to have the commitment.
“I think you’d have to have a car that’s suited to go racing in GTLM and the organization with a very purposeful determination to go GTLM racing. I don’t foresee that any time in the near future.

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Soo...might Toni Vilander find himself in a BMW next year?

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Old 16 Jul 2017, 19:11 (Ref:3751950)   #204
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Porsche GT Factory Motorsports Director Marco Ujhasi believes both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have succeeded in establishing different, but objective Balance of Performance systems for GTE-specification cars.

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Old 25 Jul 2017, 15:48 (Ref:3754261)   #206
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Here's a question: if LMP1 collapsed (which I think it might) could GTLM be sped up so it competed against the LMP2 prototypes, the way GT1 competed against LMP in the 1990s?
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Here's a question: if LMP1 collapsed (which I think it might) could GTLM be sped up so it competed against the LMP2 prototypes, the way GT1 competed against LMP in the 1990s?
Probably not by that much, but I don't understand what this would achieve. The ACO wants clear gaps between the cars and that's what they have.
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Old 25 Jul 2017, 15:59 (Ref:3754264)   #208
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If LMP1 goes, it would allow manufacturers to compete for overall wins, while also providing an outlet to sustain prototype chassis manufacturers like ORECA and Ginetta.
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I think that we'll see a privateer dominated LMP1 class long before we see GTE cars competing for overall wins on speed.

Those old GT1 cars were monstrously more deeply modified (to the point where most were built up to be racing cars first and foremost) to race than the current GTE cars, which even the Ford GT was built to much stricter regs to keep performance in check than say a Porsche 911 GT1 or McLaren F1, let alone the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR/CLK-LM and the Toyota GT-One.
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If LMP1 goes, it would allow manufacturers to compete for overall wins, while also providing an outlet to sustain prototype chassis manufacturers like ORECA and Ginetta.
Manufacturers entering GTE currently have no chance of a win so I'm not sure why the change would be needed. If LMP1 as we know it died then they'd either allow DPi or allow factory teams in P1-L and it'd get entires. I don't think speeding up GT cars would really do anything.
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