The World Endurance Championship will make its grand return to Japan this weekend for the 6 Hours of Fuji, three years after the WEC last came to the Land of the Rising Sun. This will be the 5th of 6 rounds of the 2022 season.
In the category Hypercar, Toyota, which will compete at home, will field its two prototypes as usual, as will Peugeot, whose 9X8 contested its first event two months ago at Monza. Alpine, which leads the drivers’ championship, will enter a single car while Glickenhaus will be absent in Japan.
In LMP2, the ARC Bratislava team will skip the Fuji event but all the other teams entered in the championship will be present. We can still note two changes among the drivers: René Rast (WRT n°31) will be replaced by Dries Vanthoor while Nico Müller (Vector Sport n°10) will give way to Renger Van der Zande.
No change to report in the category LMGTE Pro where Porsche and Ferrari will field two cars against just one at Corvette. Finally, in LMEGTE Amwe will find the same thirteen crews as during the 6 Hours of Monza.
BoP: Weight reduction for Peugeot and Toyota, reduced power for Alpine
The WEC also communicated on the Balance of Performance (BoP) which will be applied to Fuji.
In Hypercar, Toyota and Peugeot will see the weight of the GR010 and the 9X8 be lowered by 18 kilos, for a final weight of 1053 and 1068 kilos respectively. No change in their power however: as at Monza, the Toyota will have 688 horsepower and the Peugeot 691. As for their energy allocation per relay, no change either with 905 and 909 megajoules respectively.
The Alpine A480, which is an LMP1 adapted to evolve into a Hypercar, will keep its weight of 952 kilos. On the other hand, the maximum power of its V8 has been reduced by 29 kilowatts, or the equivalent of 39 horsepower, for a final total of 535 horsepower. Its power allocation per relay will also be reduced from 795 megajoules at Monza to 752 at Fuji.
In LMGTE Prothe Corvette C8.R which won at Monza will see its weight increase by 10 kilos to reach a total of 1365 kilos.
It will be the opposite for the two Porsche 911 RSR-19s, which will see their weight reduced by 5 kilos to drop to 1259 kilos. The air inlet limiter has been widened to reach 31.2 millimeters in diameter against 30.8 previously.
As for the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, its tank capacity has been reduced by 3 liters compared to Monza.