If Audi leaving and going to Formula E wasn't a wakeup call I don't know what would be. They seem to have taken notice, but I wonder if it's too late. They need to get a Peugeot or BMW in the game as soon as possible.
I think what the FIA needs to do is completely scrap it's LMP1 class and cut a deal with IMSA to share their DPI formula with concessions for more manufacturers to join in. Keep P2/DPI a privateer class and watch the grid numbers explode upwards.
Right now we are looking at 4-5 LMP1 cars next year, which is embarrassing. How prestigious is a championship that no one is interested in contesting? The factories have let us down yet again, so take it away from them and give it to the privateers who never let us down. Keep P2 as the primary class with manufacturers involved strictly as vendors. Privateers have always been the backbone of sportscar racing, so maybe we'de be better off if they were the stars too. The manufacturers drive up the cost of competing and then leave because they have made it too expensive, and then we are left with just the privateers. We have seen this happen so many times I've lost count.
With everyone running affordable (sort of) competitive P2 equipment and having a chance to win overall, watch what happens to grid numbers. Right now we are looking like 16-17 full time P2 entries, but you can bet more teams would come if they were competitive to win overall.
There's not much point in being in LMP1 Privateer........
Rebellion certainly didn't think so. P2 makes much more sense for a privateer because they actually have a chance to win. I could never figure out what Rebellion ever got out of winning LMP1 privateer class when they were the only entry. Wow! We beat nobody!
LMP2 is going to have literally all of one chassis unless there's a big surprise at the end of the week.....
If they adopt the DPI concept, even the same chassis will look different depending on the engine. Even if one chassis emerges as the one to have, you can still have as many different body kits as there are manufacturers. Right now the Cadillac Dallara is the car to have in IMSA, but if Ford wants to come up with an engine and bodywork for the Dallara, they could do it.
The beauty for manufacturers being strictly vendors is that they build body kits and engines, sell them to privateers, and they make
money instead of burning it. You can bet if P2 emerges as a world formula where manufacturers can make
money, we will have more cars than we know what to do with.
But hey, I've been wrong before.