The World Endurance Championship organisers have announced the new Equivalence of Technology (EoT) for the LMP1 class in 2019-2020.

Taking inspiration from the Balance of Performance used in the GTE category, WEC has introduced the system to promote equal competition between LMP1 Hybrid and Non-Hybrid teams.

Ahead of the official pre-season test, the Prologue at Circuit de Catalunya on July 23-24, the three LMP1 manufacturers Toyota Gazoo Racing, Rebellion Racing and Team LNT (Ginetta) agreed the starting EoT which will be adjusted during the season.

The determining factors of EoT are:

  • Weight: The Toyota TS050 Hybrids will each carry an additional 14kg compared to the Total 6 Hours of Spa 2019, thus +40kg compared to the car’s minimum regulation weight.
  • Fuel tank capacity: The fuel tank capacity will be adjusted to ensure an equal number of laps per stint for both LMP1 H and LMP1 NH for every round including Le Mans.
  • Refuelling time: At each pit stop LMP1 H cars will refuel 1 second slower than LMP1 NH cars to compensate for the advantage they have restarting in electric mode.
  • Success handicap: A success handicap will be introduced whereby the performance of all cars – hybrid or non-hybrid – will be adjusted before each race to take into consideration points scored in the Championship.

The EoT will come into effect from the opening round of the 2019-2020 WEC season, the 4 Hours of Silverstone, with a specific EoT system using the same principles set for the Le Mans 24 Hours.