July 5, 2020

TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Gets GT3 Class Cars In 2016

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Yes you read that right.  Along with changes to Prototype, GT Le Mans, and Prototype Challenge; IMSA announced the changes that would be coming to the GT Daytona class.  Here’s a quick little run down of what will be new and different, and when it will be new and different:

Prototype

Through 2016 it will be the same: Daytona Prototypes, Automobile Club l’Quest (ACO) LM P2 cars and the Deltawing.  Starting in 2017 there will be a “globally unified Prototype format” for the IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, and the a fore mentioned ACO.  This new format will have a vehicle life of three years, and it will still feature mostly professional drivers, with some pro/am drivers in the mix.

GT Le Mans

It is basically ACO GTE cars, and in 2016 there will be new GTE specifications.  Along with those there will be a planned vehicle life of three years.  Still a bunch of factory back teams, mostly professional drivers with some pro/am drivers competing as well.

Prototype Challenge

This class will still be a spec class, if you will.  Everyone uses the Oreca FLM09 chassis and a 6.2L Chevrolet V8.  After 2016 the class will change, but only after the cost, performance levels and design of the new LMP3 chassis and new Prototype are finalized.

GT Daytona

Through the end of the 2015 season, no changes.  2016 is when full on FIA GT3 specs will be adopted for all the cars in the class.  That means the full aerodynamic package, ABS and traction control seen on your favorite GT3 carswill now bee seen on your favorite GTD cars!  Naturally they won’t just let the teams go whole hog the whole season.  There will be an “Adjustment of Performance” process done all season long using weight and restrictors.  And as always, a mix of professional and amateur drivers are required for the lineup of each team.  So long as this guy doesn’t show up I think we’ll all be ok.

And that is the big TUDOR news ahead of the Road America race.  That race airs on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4:30PM local time on Sunday.

Words by Michael Chandler.  Photos by Michael Chandler and Tommy Ratsapasith

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