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Old 16 Oct 2019, 00:16 (Ref:3934809)   #31
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I'm not getting my hopes up. I think there's going to be issue with the players in the WEC not wanting to do another set of rules in accordance to IMSA. I think Aston Martin is going to be an issue because their car is, imo iffy at the moment on making the grid in a competitive state. If by 2022 they have it together and the cars can go faster (of which I have little doubt), maybe dpi 2.0 can come into play. But 1100kg and 700hp is not going to cut it. We saw what happened with the DP3 and previous gen lmp2. They had to give DP a huge power increase and they ran on brick hard tires which played into the hands of the more powerful cars.
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Old 18 Oct 2019, 00:36 (Ref:3935282)   #32
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"IMSA shows interest in DTM/Super GT's Class One regulations"

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Old 18 Oct 2019, 01:10 (Ref:3935284)   #33
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To be fair they've shown interest in my station wagon, and a premier station wagon class.
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Old 18 Oct 2019, 14:51 (Ref:3935433)   #34
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To be fair they've shown interest in my station wagon, and a premier station wagon class.
For the record, I am also interested in the premier station wagon class.
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For the record, I am also interested in the premier station wagon class.
I propose it to require the construction of station wagons and an end to the (no)Sport(absolutely NO)UtilityVehicles filling the roads.
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Old 19 Oct 2019, 20:51 (Ref:3935685)   #36
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I thought we heard this story about a year or two ago? Supposedly there was a DTM America but it never happened. With the way those cars currently are, I would rather they not try to implement them in the top class. I would rather a more free hypercar type ruleset with a set hp/weight ratio.
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Ferrari is "interested" in LMDh with its own chassis.



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To sum up Ferrari's thoughts:
- Hypercar - "No, no, no, eet's too expenseeve."
- LMDh - "No, no, no, we want to make our own car."
- GTE - "No, no, no, we could spend that much in LMDh."
- F1 - "No, no, no, thees is our year."
- GT3 - "No, no, no, we don't want to race Nurburgring."

Is that about right?

Personally, I'm interested in owning a Ferrari, but it can't be more expensive than other cars. But the other available cars should have the same engine, brakes, suspension, and body of a Ferrari. But if I was buying one of the other cars, I might as well spend as much to make it be a Ferrari. But if I'm spending that much on another car, I might as well buy a Ferrari...I'll probably stick with my station wagon.
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To sum up Ferrari's thoughts:
- Hypercar - "No, no, no, eet's too expenseeve."
- LMDh - "No, no, no, we want to make our own car."
- GTE - "No, no, no, we could spend that much in LMDh."
- F1 - "No, no, no, thees is our year."
- GT3 - "No, no, no, we don't want to race Nurburgring."

Is that about right?

Personally, I'm interested in owning a Ferrari, but it can't be more expensive than other cars. But the other available cars should have the same engine, brakes, suspension, and body of a Ferrari. But if I was buying one of the other cars, I might as well spend as much to make it be a Ferrari. But if I'm spending that much on another car, I might as well buy a Ferrari...I'll probably stick with my station wagon.
That made my head hurt.
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I think LMDh is the thing they're saying is reasonable right now because it can do both series. Right now it doesn't look like hypercar can do both series. They made this clear. But the idea that they can take lmp2 parts and use them on their own car isn't really that far-fetched imo. Contact the suppliers that do the lmp2 brakes etc. I think if they do come, they'll do a hypercar since they want their own chassis design. But I think they are going to have to influence the rule makers.
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Old 11 Feb 2020, 19:35 (Ref:3957046)   #41
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To sum up Ferrari's thoughts:
- Hypercar - "No, no, no, eet's too expenseeve."
- LMDh - "No, no, no, we want to make our own car."
- GTE - "No, no, no, we could spend that much in LMDh."
- F1 - "No, no, no, thees is our year."
- GT3 - "No, no, no, we don't want to race Nurburgring."
Customers want a chassis with the Ferrari name on it, and that point finally came out late in the articles. They would have no problem buying the IP reproduction rights of say Dallara but make the car in their factory so it gets the Ferrari chassis plate and the "provenance" that goes with that. I get their point but is that really still a Ferrari? Well the Dinos were a Fiat parts bin special and the California was the same, much of the switchgear and bits are the same as my Ram truck. Yes, they both have Ferrari hearts but racing chassis buyers are a bit more particular. And we still, mockingly at times, call the DPi cars by their base chassis names.

But they do make a boatload, for Ferrari chassis standards, of the GT3 cars so it's not like they haven't put their effort in there. And the GTE cars sell fairly well as well, just ask Risi about the number of cars he's raced once for owner's provenance before their put in the shed.

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I think LMDh is the thing they're saying is reasonable right now because it can do both series. Right now it doesn't look like hypercar can do both series. They made this clear. But the idea that they can take lmp2 parts and use them on their own car isn't really that far-fetched imo. Contact the suppliers that do the lmp2 brakes etc. I think if they do come, they'll do a hypercar since they want their own chassis design. But I think they are going to have to influence the rule makers.
You raise a valid point there. Hadn't thought of it but, and give me a bit to roam here, what if they (IMSA/ACO) were to allow another to build the chassis under license from the approved vendor list? Say Ferrari could buy the, and I'll use Dallara just for ease and Italian linkage, rights to build a Ferrari badged Dallara chassis at the cost limit established by regulations. Yes, that would probably have to be added as the regs cover the rolling chassis I believe. But Ferrari has the know-how to build the tub and can build a car from the order bin. It could work and maintain a level of "affordability" if IMSA/ACO required a very specific construction standard and made them follow the chassis builder's specs exactly. Now, if they were to build something "better" at a loss that could become a problem and I'm not sure how to limit that. But that could also open McLaren up to making a Ligier, for variety sake, based LMDh. I'm not sure how many teams would want to do that, and think Toyota and SCG would stick with their plans. But could Toyota license and build an Oreca based Lexus DPi?

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The solution, as many of us have said, is to allow both building your own chassis and using an LMP2 base.
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Which IMO may be fine if one, there was more than four (in actually effect basically, three) to choose from, and two, the aero and chassis rules were more open. Both of which IMO would avoid the current Oreca-defacto spec series in LMP2 in IMSA and the WEC.

I'd rather have teams have the option to build their own cars. DPI/LMPH/LMDH are going to be BOP classes anyways, so in theory there shouldn't be much of an advantage either way.
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