Automobile Club de I’Ouest (ACO) is one of the oldest cars clubs in the world, founded in 1906. The ACO’s ‘Crown Jewel’ is the Le Mans 24 Heures race, one of the world’s most watched sporting events combining high speeds, tight racing and endurance.  The Le Mans 24 Heures is the world’s oldest sports car endurance race, and has been held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France.

The Le Mans Series’ have been introduced and competed in Europe, USA, and now Asia in recent years to great success. The core of the brand is the ‘Spirit of Le Mans’ and the ethos of exciting, fair and safe endurance racing.

Asian Le Mans – LMP3
Aylezo Ecotint Racing competes in the Asian Le Mans Series.

In order to strengthen the pyramid of endurance racing which was introduced in 1999 by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the ACO launched in 2015 a new category of junior sports-prototype for endurance racing, LMP3.

In the pyramid of “Le Mans Prototypes,” LMP3 becomes the first step on the ladder before moving up to the LMP2 and LMP1 classes (the latter in the FIA WEC and 24 Hours of Le Mans).

The thinking behind this car is that there should be fewest number of constraints possible, whether those are budgetary, technical, driving or operation.

The LMP3 is a closed sports car. The chassis and bodywork of LMP3 can be built by five manufacturers which have been designed by the ACO : Ginetta, Ligier, Adess, Dome and Riley. They are very close to those of the current LMP2 (closed cockpit, carbon chassis with tubular steel roll cage). The powertrain consist of a Nissan 420 bhp normally aspirated V8 engine, and an Xtrac gearbox. It is identical for all chassis, and marketed by the ORECA company which also provides specific assistance to teams.

The minimum weight limit is 930 kgs and the fuel tank capacity is 85 litres.

The driver line up must be made up of at least one “Bronze” rated driver. Platinum drivers are not allowed in the LMP3 driver line-up.

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