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November 2006
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11.25.06

>>The ACO has released revisions to the 2007 LMP 1 & 2 chassis regulations.  Perhaps the most interesting are the revisions to Article 3.6.1 governing the elusive "wing shaped bodywork elements".  The ACO has been playing extraordinarily loose with this regulations this season in regards to certain silver cars.  And it looks as though the stipulations tagged onto 3.6.1 are in direct response to the 2007 Porsche RS Spyder that has been presented to the ACO:

Are not considered as a wing profiles, the bodywork elements that:

have a constant thickness,
have an absolutely symmetrical profile,
are vertical.

So in one fell swoop the ACO has made legal a car which was certainly very questionable under the 2006 regulations.  And sentiment regarding the illegality of the RS Spyder has been universal amongst the Porsche-competitors I've contacted.  It would appear the ACO felt the same way...

Additional changes are minor but include a further clarification of the bizarre air condition regulation for closed top LMPs.  A small note has been added to the fuel regulation that adds that the fuel (gas or diesel) must be available "for sale".  I'm not sure what exactly that means, for sale to the public?  Certainly the Audi diesel fuel bore little resemblance to anything you'd ever find on the road...

The 113 Db noise limit will now be enforced.

The 9 liter diesel fuel cell reduction is official (now to 81 liters).

Regarding the rear transverse plates (the rear side structures), if these become detached during the event the car will be stopped in the pits.

Furthermore the ACO has added an Article 19 that states that the intent is for LMP1 to always maintain at least a 1.5% performance advantage over LMP2 and if the case occurs where this isn't happening then they reserve the right to make appropriate adjustments at the end of each season.

The full regulations can be had here.

11.4.06

Allard J2X>>I've just received an email from Mr. Peter Kitchak that the Allard J2X is on the transporter heading for the Daytona HSR event!  With most of the issue now behind them (knock on wood) the car should be ready to run in earnest.  Kitchak, "While Daytona is not the ideal place either for the car (too much drag and downforce) or for testing anything, we will run it there to see if we have any additional problems so we can continue to debug and get things ready over the winter."

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