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Old 6 Dec 2016, 18:12 (Ref:3694273)   #31
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Overall, racing a GTE car at Spa was one of the coolest things I've ever done, even if it was difficult to drive and I didn't do as good of a job as I should have. A bunch of the prototype drivers (but not all of them) were complete c*nts the entire weekend. GTE and LMP3 cars really do not mix well with their current performance windows, it's not enjoyable to be in a race with them.

(...in FP2...) Two laps later I caught a P3 car and he started blocking me to keep from overtaking him. I hit him coming out La Source (on the exit!) as he tried to block me again. That's the first time I damaged the RSR -- both front corners and the nose in one session. But, some of the prototype drivers only understand it when they get hit.
I mentioned these as I think you are wrong in not expecting problems in ELMS-GTE vs. P3 in its current state. I'm curious as to what the ELMS will do with the unleashed "new" GTEs wrt P3/class balance. P3 as the trailing cars of the field? Or boost the P3s so they're back in the mix with GTEs?
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Old 6 Dec 2016, 18:33 (Ref:3694277)   #32
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Old 6 Dec 2016, 18:55 (Ref:3694283)   #33
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I think you misinterpreted me a little bit. I do agree with you 100% but I am not sure you can raise GTE or GT3 cars to the level of the DPI/2017 LMP2 levels though. The 2016 LMP2's perhaps. But since that is not the case anymore and due to the fact that IMSA and WEC does not have a PC or P3 to worry about anymore. Then lets not go over the top and try to stabilize both GTE/LM and GTD for the rest of the decade.

But yeah remember the 2015 Petit Le Mans when the rain was the great equalizer. We saw genuine battles on track between GTLM and DP's and it that got me so pumped. I was hoping that IMSA would take a queue from that and let the classes get closer together in speed for 2016 but that did not happen. I think all of us who watched that day were cheering for a GT car to win and they did!
You are right, It would be very difficult to get the LMP2 level with the current cars, they should develop to GT more extreme type Laferrari, 918 and Mc Laren P1. Maybe the Ford GT is the only one of the current in this category, of course it was the only one specifically designed.
In addition the weight should reduce to about 1000 or 1050 kg and the power should go to near 800Hp. And of course larger diffusers and rear wings.

I also enjoy Petit LM 2015!!
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Old 6 Dec 2016, 19:33 (Ref:3694290)   #34
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Old 30 Dec 2016, 12:55 (Ref:3699107)   #35
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GTE news for 2017:
* Reduction 6 to 4 in the numbers of tyres permitted to be used in Qualifying an the race for the 6 Hour events.
* Possible BOP process different for Le Mans and the 6 hours races

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2016/1...a-wec-gte.html
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Lexus Evaluating GTLM Program

http://sportscar365.com/imsa/iwsc/le...-gtlm-program/
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Key points in that article...

1. Cash.
2. Utilizing GT3 car as basis for GTE(thanks, BMW)
3. They don't really want to sell customer cars, but, they kinda have to for GT3...and moving to GTE avoids that mess.
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Old 28 Jan 2017, 15:07 (Ref:3705790)   #38
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Key points in that article...

1. Cash.
2. Utilizing GT3 car as basis for GTE(thanks, BMW)
3. They don't really want to sell customer cars, but, they kinda have to for GT3...and moving to GTE avoids that mess.
The new Supra would be such a better GTLM platform for TRD
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Old 28 Jan 2017, 20:06 (Ref:3706010)   #39
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Key points in that article...

1. Cash.
2. Utilizing GT3 car as basis for GTE(thanks, BMW)
3. They don't really want to sell customer cars, but, they kinda have to for GT3...and moving to GTE avoids that mess.
Who is he speaking for, Lexus in general or just Lexus North America/USA? I would assume the latter, as he mentions "This is our re-entry into racing" which dismisses Lexus efforts in Super GT, Super Taikyu and VLN; perhaps Lexus do want to sell customer cars and be represented beyond LM Corsa, Emil Frey, Farnbacher and the NA team/s(?). Being unwilling or reluctant to sell customer cars betrays the very reason for the existence of the GT3 class.
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The new Supra would be such a better GTLM platform for TRD
The new Toyota Supra could be in GT3/GTD and the I would like to see the Lexus LC 500 in GTLM.
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Who is he speaking for, Lexus in general or just Lexus North America/USA? I would assume the latter, as he mentions "This is our re-entry into racing" which dismisses Lexus efforts in Super GT, Super Taikyu and VLN; perhaps Lexus do want to sell customer cars and be represented beyond LM Corsa, Emil Frey, Farnbacher and the NA team/s(?). Being unwilling or reluctant to sell customer cars betrays the very reason for the existence of the GT3 class.
I have no idea. When he says "our" I assume he means the US efforts, or perhaps factory.

It doesn't matter, the rumoured program has already been squashed....Dagys again too quick to be accurate. #scooptacular

GTLM efforts have been shelved until the GT3 program has success, which, might be tough if Pruett is going to stuff it, and write off the chassis...Sebring might be tough for the #14 with the need for a total chassis rebuild needed now.
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To me, the main point of GTE was to move away from homologation specials. You take a production car chassis and make the best racing machine based on the GTE rulebook.

Things that don't fit (IMHO):
-Limited production run (avoids manufacturers building a loss-leader by limiting their loss on the production version as Porsche used to do)
-changing the wheelbase and traction layout
-if possible, don't use an engine not related to a production model on the car's lineup - not necessarily a production engine, but the same size, layout and charging method (N/A, turbo, super or both)
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Old 30 Jan 2017, 05:01 (Ref:3707702)   #43
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Someone posted a magazine scan on the 911 RSR GTE thread with what seem to be an explanation of the GTE rules. If that's correct, I'm not only wrong about the Porsche, I'm also wrong about the Ford!

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Someone posted a magazine scan on the 911 RSR GTE thread with what seem to be an explanation of the GTE rules. If that's correct, I'm not only wrong about the Porsche, I'm also wrong about the Ford!

Porsche can re-positioned the engine because the 911 is produced in more or 2500 examples for year.
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That's what I was saying. Porsche can change their engine position, and Ford can build a bespoke racing machine as long as they build more than 300 - they're making 750 road-going FordGTs.
who wrote these regulations?
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