New WEC rules can't really be contemplated without thinking about what's going on Stateside as well:
Sportscar365 report that manufacturer interest is building in DPi for 2020.
Possible Ford, Hyundai and unknown Japanese manufacturer.
Think Wayne Taylor said in a Marshall Pruett podcast that the manufacturer presence is already inflating his budgets from what they were a few years ago making it hard to keep up without a manufacturer tie up or good sponsorship (sounds like having Alonso and Kobayashi strengthened the cash influx from their existing partners in GM and Konica Minolta). How good are IMSA's cost control measures?
So is IMSA's DPi - being established, proven and (crucially) low cost - seems to be gaining more stable interest from manufacturers than the hyper-cars at this point. Surely the back up plan for the ACO if Hypercar doesn't gain the commitments they need should be to adopt a DPi concept and push for the addition of a small low-cost hybrid? It still seems really silly to have two competing, non-transferable prototype classes.
That said, I think the concept of aero performance points is very interesting and I'd still like to find out if it is a feasible cost control measure. Indeed, cost control seems to be the name of the game in this modern era of racing - F1 and WEC suffer whilst FE, IMSA and IndyCar prosper.
Edited by Ben1445, 07 January 2019 - 15:04.