Le Mans 2020: The LMP1 and LMP2 Entry List
59 cars, 178 drivers and 24 hours to win..
Today marks the start of the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race as it returns for it's 88th year.
Here are the LMP1 and LMP2 teams and cars that will have their endurance pushed to their limit as they take on one of the most challenging races in motorsport...
LMP1 - 5 Cars
LMP (Le Mans Prototype) race cars are generally the most powerful - they are known for their ability to conquer straight-lines at high, top speeds and are the fastest closed-wheel racing cars used in circuit racing. In the LMP1 category, you will find the teams that are well-resourced and ready to take on the challenges any competition presents.
This year there are five LMP1 cars competing:
- Two Toyota TS050 Hybrid's driven, of course, by Toyota Gazoo Racing. Powered by a 2.4L Twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the LMP has reigned Le Mans 24hr champion in both 2018 and 2019 - but will it go on to win for the third year running?
- Two Rebellion R-13's driven by Swiss endurance team Rebellion Racing. The R-13 was designed by Oreca and powered by Gibsons GL458 4.5L V8 engine, giving it both impressive power and a competitive aerodynamic chassis. Weighing in at 833kg, it's the lightest car in the LMP1 category and has cut close times with the Toyota TS050 in free practice, but can it go on to deliver in the actual race?
- One Gibson powered ENSO CLM P1/01 driven by the ByKolles Racing Team. The P1/01 shares the same Gibson V8 engine as the Rebellion R-13 and weighs in just 17kg heavier at 850kg. Initially, the team were on the reserve list for this years race but were promoted after the SRT41 Garage 56 and Porsche withdrew, allowing the German team to take their place.
LMP2 - 24 cars
The LMP2 category is reserved for smaller, independent teams. Each car is powered by a Gibson GK-428 4.2 litre V8 naturally aspirated engine and runs a carbon fibre monocoque chassis. There are 24 cars racing in this category:
- Eighteen Oreca 07's. The 603HP, 930kg 07 was built by French manufacturer Oreca to replace the 05. It made its debut at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017 and has been heavily featured in endurance racing ever since, competing at events such as 24 Hours of Daytona, the FIA World Endurance Championship and 4 Hours of Silverstone to name a few. It is fair to say the 07 has been popular choice of car by drivers but will any of the 18 teams listed below make it to the 24th hour?
Teams: G-Drive Racing by Algarve, IDEC Sport x2, DragonSpeed USA x2 , United Autosports x2, Nielsen Racing, Algarve Pro Racing, Racing Team Nederland, Duqueine Engineering, Panis Racing, High Class Racing, Jackie Chan DC Racing, JOTA, Graff, Cool Racing and Richard Mille Racing.
- Three Ligier JS P217's. Built by Onroak Automotive, the JS P217 was designed to meet the new FIA and ACO regulation changes of 2017. Onroak built a brand new chassis from scratch and focused on improving the mechanics of the car to make it better than its predecessor, the Ligier JS P2. This has equipped the car with better air cooling, efficiency, driver comfort and visibility to name but a few features that make it a strong contender in this category.
Teams: Eurointernational, Inter Europol Competition and Eurasia Motorsport.
- One Dallara P217. The aggressive P217 was built by legendary Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara, who have been actively developing cars for motorsport events since 1972. After a difficult first year, where multiple issues were discovered during the 2017 racing season, the P217 was fitted with an Evo kit to give it some much needed improvements the following year. Will the P217 become the underdog of 2020?
To be driven by Cetilar Racing.
- One Aurus 01. This is the Oreca 07 retouched and decorated by Aurus. After competing with the 07 in 2017 and 2018, Aurus decided rebrand the 07 as their own the following year. Aurus has teamed up with G-drive in what is said to be 'only the start' of a relationship between the Russian manufacturer and the motorsport team as they plan to make Aurus a firm name in motorsport. Why is this one to watch? G-Drive has achieved 17 victories in just over three seasons and has went unbeaten in the European Le Mans Series since 2016. Watch this space.
To be driven by G-Drive Racing.
- One Alpine A470. Another Oreca 07 in disguise, the A470 is what happened when French manufacturer Alpine took the 07 as their own and began entering it into endurance championships.
To be driven by Signatech Alpine Elf.