Petrol cars get bigger restrictors

Cars powered by petrol engines in the LMP1 class will be able to use a bigger air restrictor at Le Mans in 2008

Petrol cars get bigger restrictors

Race organisers the ACO announced the change in a bid to level the playing field in the top category, where diesel engines have dominated the Le Mans 24 hours for the past two years.

"The ACO has taken advantage of the intervening months (since June) to refine its study of the equivalence between petrol and diesel-engined cars in motor racing," the organisers said in a statement.

"We have taken the time to consult all the entrants, and it appears now is the right moment to close the gap between the performance of the petrol engines and the diesel-powered cars.

"This is to maintain a constant and visible level of suspense throughout the race."

Petrol-powered cars will benefit from a three per cent increase in their air restrictors from next year, while the weight limit for all cars in LMP1 will be reduced slightly to 900 kilograms.

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