The FIA has unveiled plans to begin controlling costs in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including engine caps and the introduction of a single engine to universalise the LMP2 class.

The series, which was revived in its current guise in 2012, is set for its strongest season yet in 2015 with healthy participation in each of the four classes, not least in the front-line LMP1 category, with Nissan joining to swell the number of manufacturers at the highest level to four alongside Audi, Toyota and Porsche.

Going forward, however, the FIA has published a series of amendments to the regulations in an effort to keep costs under control, with a limit on the number of engines that can be used by the LMP1 Hybrid teams (the four manufacturers), a limit on testing, minimum weight amendments and designating a single engine for the LMP2 category from 2017.

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To limit costs, the following changes have been made for 2015:

- New limitations will be enforced with regards to engines. LMP1 Hybrid competitors may homologate only one type of power train for the season. In this category, the number of engines will be limited to five per season and to seven for a manufacturer entering its first season in the Championship.

- The number of team personnel authorized for entrants competing in the Manufacturer's World Endurance Championship has been limited, with the conditions available online.

- The number of testing days allowed for competitors entered in all categories has also been limited.

- To improve safety, new regulations will be enforced with regards to the weight of drivers. If the average weight of drivers entered in a car is below 80 kilogrammes, ballasts will be imposed.

- A single engine will be designated with the goal to universalize the 2017 LMP2 category.

- The FIA Driver Categorisation Regulations have been amended for Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze driver status.