I read an article that it’s really more of a balance of potential performance based on hundreds of thousands of simulations more than anything else and that they don’t use qualifying or race lap times. So probably relying heavily on the wind tunnel homologation and dyno data.
That's what I read earlier today.
And then Toyota’s experience probably helps make the gap from there.
Of the hypercar entrants, only Toyota has extended hybrid experience. Peugeot has only four or five races under their belt, and Glickenhaus seems hopeless. Ferrari and Bykolles only have two races, so in term of track time Toyota is way, way ahead. That and remember that Toyota won the WEC once during the LMP1 hybrid era, so they have a lot of hybrid experience going for them.
However, the LMDH seem to have an additional disadvantage. I don't think 2 seconds is acceptable when besides the hybrid system, those are well developed cars. The Caddy really should not be two seconds back, and when they get to Lemans, with the long circuit that gap will probably be even bigger.
I made up my mind not to complain about the BOP because I figured they would get it right, but now they have two races worth of data and they are doing nothing to address the balance for Lemans. I'm sure thee will be conspiracy theories, but I think the disparity just illustrates how difficult it is to balance such diverse technology.
Now if you look at IMSA, they can balance those cars pretty well. Even the BMW has had a shot at it late in the last two races. The Acura seems to be fastest, but both got knocked out at Long Beach. IMSA has it reasonably right.
It's just a matter if the WEC wants to allow the LMDh to compete, and currently they are doing nothing to help them. It will be interesting to see if the Porsche will have an advantage over the other LMDh cars. They just won Long Beach, so they will be the LMDh benchmark.
I suppose it was easy to get spoiled by the great races we had in IMSA with the DPIs and now the GTPs. A one second gap is an eternity compared to the GTPs running so closely. IMSA has it right. I think WEC could dial the hypercars back a little and we'll have a smokin' series.
I do think there will be a couple of adjustments but probably after Le Mans and before Bahrain. There was an agreement between the OEMs to place limits on how often adjustments can be made to disincentivize sandbagging.
IMSA collects so much data that sandbagging is nearly impossible. I'm sure it goes on, but the telemetry doesn't lie. IMSA has it right regardless.
This shows up in the races where we have three different manufacturers winning the first three races.
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