The saddest thing regarding these upcoming rules as they are right now and things are developing is for me the fact that I fear that most of the interest for the category among the fans is not because of the cars we may expect. It is primarily for the noise of the least advanced, most oldfashioned, outdated, not of this age anymore announced entry within the series.
If it fails to appear or (whisper it) performs like the previous attempt of that manufacturer with a vehicle designed with outright race victories in mind, then what will be left of all excitement about the upcoming WEC formula over here?
Let people like what they like.
For me, one of the great things about endurance racing, and Le Mans in particular, has always been about the diversity of the cars that race there. All different shapes and sizes, open cockpit, closed cockpit (over the years), different engine configurations, and yes, different engine noise.
The mystic of the race would not nearly be as great for me, and I suspect for many others, if every car was a silent electric or muted low-number-of-cylinders turbo. Whether you like it or not (and it's quite clearly the latter, from your posting history) noise IS important to a lot of motorsport fans. Yes, the V10s and V12s of yesteryear are romanticized, but what's the problem with that? If more people want to attend Le Mans, or watch the race, because of the Aston Martin Valkyrie, what's the problem with that? Why is the Mazda 787B so fondly remembered? It didn't particularly move the goalposts on technologically that much, but it did make a phenomenal noise. For some people, that's enough.
Le Mans, to my mind, has always been more about the car than the driver. Ask people what their favourite Le Mans racer is and why, a lot would probably choose a car they like the look of, or liked the sound of, such as the fabulous Lola Aston Martin of a few years ago. I doubt many would choose their favourite car based on how environmentally friendly it was or whatever though...
Edited by JHSingo, 14 November 2019 - 19:14.