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Old 19 Oct 2021, 17:59 (Ref:4079132)   #151
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It will be good if they can adjust the tank capacity otherwise, it will be too easy for Toyota. I wonder if we will see one or two Alpine A480
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Old 19 Oct 2021, 20:17 (Ref:4079150)   #152
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It will be good if they can adjust the tank capacity otherwise, it will be too easy for Toyota. I wonder if we will see one or two Alpine A480
I think they have 2 chassis, but acquired the 2nd one for spares.
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Old 19 Oct 2021, 21:26 (Ref:4079168)   #153
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They have two chassis. One ex-Rebellion and a brand new one
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Old 19 Oct 2021, 22:24 (Ref:4079178)   #154
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With my tinfoil hat on, I don't think the rules would allow the car to be truly competitive against a true factory effort even without the tank size conundrum.

Aco hasn't cared about that for a long time.
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Old 19 Oct 2021, 22:35 (Ref:4079181)   #155
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ll they probably realise the fuel tank size is not their fault. The only thing that they could do is compensate for Alpines inability to make a suitable car by ruining the balance elsewhere. Sorry you don’t have enough fuel to compete with Toyota so we will allow you to have less weight or more power or whatever. That is a mugs game and the sort of thing that will vary more by track and likely get long.

Keeping the alignment of stint lengths from speed separate is probably something the ACO are keen to do. Otherwise people will just whinge about something else.

Also let’s remember Alipne did manage to increase their tank ACO did also tweak the energy per stint for them too. Not really sure how that will pan out at places other than Le Mans.
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Old 20 Oct 2021, 10:08 (Ref:4079223)   #156
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Between the lines Alpine should be punished further now that they have been allowed to compete one more year...come on, this is ridiculous.
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Old 20 Oct 2021, 11:27 (Ref:4079226)   #157
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The car is pretty much on the pace. It’s the stint length that’s the problem. I presume that is still limited by the physical size of the tank not the energy allowed in the regs.

Ridiculous they are using an old car that they can’t make fit the new regs?

I’m all for them fitting the right tank and having the parity there.
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Old 20 Oct 2021, 13:32 (Ref:4079242)   #158
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Giving them another year is a bit of a nonsense, although I appreciate that it's good to have more cars on the grid. I wonder if an American or British team would have been given the same leeway. Someone get the Ginetta bloke on the phone!
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I think the ACO knows they've got to be prepared for the fact that Peugeot might bottle it and not enter much of the '22 season. There's a danger next season could end up leaner than this one in the top class if things don't fall right. So I can see why they made the decision.
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Old 21 Oct 2021, 10:44 (Ref:4079331)   #160
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The car is pretty much on the pace. It’s the stint length that’s the problem. I presume that is still limited by the physical size of the tank not the energy allowed in the regs.

Ridiculous they are using an old car that they can’t make fit the new regs?

I’m all for them fitting the right tank and having the parity there.
You expressed yourself in the right way: "ridiculous they are using an old car" - Ridiculous and a shame. They should not be given a real chance to win...
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Indeed. Not impossible to imagine Hypercar next year being two Toyotas if Alpine weren't allowed back.
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Indeed. Not impossible to imagine Hypercar next year being two Toyotas if Alpine weren't allowed back.
I honestly do not know what is Glickenhaus s problem. Instead of improving their cars, they began to complain about the fairness and threatening the ACO to withdraw for next year. Did they think they would be privileged to win from the get-go? Sorry, but this is a typical american thinking, with all respect to James.
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You expressed yourself in the right way: "ridiculous they are using an old car" - Ridiculous and a shame. They should not be given a real chance to win...
Ah, I misunderstood what you were annoyed about!

It would be nice for the class to be only the new cars, but I think ACO’s pragmatic approach is suitable for these few years.
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The car is pretty much on the pace. It’s the stint length that’s the problem. I presume that is still limited by the physical size of the tank not the energy allowed in the regs.

Ridiculous they are using an old car that they can’t make fit the new regs?

I’m all for them fitting the right tank and having the parity there.
I thought that they already had a larger tank following a dispensation?

'Alpine boss Philippe Sinault has revealed that the marque competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with an increased fuel tank.'

Sinault was pressed on the changes made after race by reporters in the Le Mans paddock, at which point he unveiled that the team had its fuel tank capacity increased.

“With a hard job from Gibson [engine supplier], with a hard job with my power management and so on, and with the fuel tank,” he said.

When he was asked the follow-up questions to confirm it the team had its fuel tank size increased, Sinault replied: “Yes.”
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Also let’s remember Alipne did manage to increase their tank. ACO did also tweak the energy per stint for them too. Not really sure how that will pan out at places other than Le Mans.
Although don’t know exactly where that leaves them. I presume it is still physical fuel tank limited rather than rules limited as Toyota and Glickenhaus are.

Based on the stint lengths it left them 1 lap short (IIRC) at Le Mans. Don’t know what that will mean elsewhere. Was it an entire lap behind, just part of a lap, or more than a lap.
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