Originally Posted by Chachi123
Guys this is Le Mans, and 24 freaking hours of it. You gotta understand the golden rule:
Time in the PITS refueling is WAAAY worse than making bad corners. If this car even uses 3/4 as much fuel then by time spent out on track after 24 hours, it will naturally win 1st place.
It depends how quick it is and how few pitstops it can make. If they hit their target of being in between LMP1 and LMP2 from laptimes they'll have to run those laps all the time in the race and pit a lot less than LMP1 cars to even stand a chance of being competitive. The main issue is if there is a safety car then you lose your big advantage over the other cars as they don't have to make green flag pitstops which is where you would normally gain all the time back. Last year the Audi's had to pit more often than the Peugeot's but they got the time back by doing quicker laps so I wouldn't try to do well in a race by pitting less, unless you would be pitting a significant amount of times less than everyone else.
Not saying it cant happen, its just a lot of things don't add up with this car. They've got nearly 1/4 of the contact patch on the front tyres that normal LMP's have, they've got less downforce and they've got a worse power to weight ratio. Yes they will get better fuel consumption (not sure of the fuel tank size yet) and they do have less drag but Le Mans still requires you to be quick through corners. If they ran without the chicanes on the Mulsanne then I could understand building a very low drag, low downforce car but they don't.
I'll be interested to see if they can pull something out of the bag at Le Mans, but at the moment it looks a long shot at best.