Le Mans Prototype racing is set to add a new feeder class with the introduction of the new LMP3 class. Think of it just like the Formula 3, GP3 or Formula Renault feeder series that trains young racing drivers before embarking into the premier class such as F1 and you get the picture here.
Set to become a bridge to the LMP2 series before joining the big guns at LMP1, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) – the French motorsport sanctioning body, has announced the new LMP3 class will set to race in the European and Asian Le Mans Series in 2015.
Judging by the shape, the LMP3 does resemble the machines of LMP2 and LMP1, with a similar carbon chassis featuring a closed cockpit with longitudinal shark fin. The LMP3 machines’ length will be six inches shorter than its bigger sibling, and weights in at 900kg.
All LMP3 machines will be powered by a V8 engine producing around 420bhp with a Magneti Marelli engine management system. Endurance racing outfit, Ocera, will provide the race support, with running cost of a season will cost not more than RM840,000.
Most importantly, its affordable cost and standardised specs will allow young aspiring racers and gentlemen drivers to cut their teeth in endurance racing. Also, if all goes well, we will see LMP3 cars competing at our Sepang circuit in the Asian Le Mans Series next year.