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- Feb 9, 2013
Hybrid technology confirmed, and so far a healthy number of OEMs interested in the regulations. I'd like to see them open up the platform to more than the original four LMP2 chassis constructors, allowing a Ginetta type to come in, but they seem content with the constructors they have now. I hope they don't get too crazy with the styling cues, but I do agree they could do more to differentiate the cars from their LMP2 base body kits.
While Sportscar365 understands that a 48-volt hybrid system, integrated into the powertrain, was discussed, Hodgson said both low and high-voltage systems are on the table.
However, IMSA has ruled out the hybrid system placed on the front axle, to essentially create a four-wheel drive system.
Unlike the multi-million dollar hybrids seen in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the targeted lease cost for IMSA’s proposed unit us understood to be in the range of $100,000.
Among the nine manufacturers present in last week’s meeting, Sportscar365 understands it included representatives from Ford, Lexus as well as at least two manufacturers from the Volkswagen Group, which is also not currently represented in DPi.