Le Mans 24H Moto: Rules and Regs
Posted: 18th April 2018
Making sense of the rules - Formula EWC: Endurance specials modified for quick pitstops and more speed – Superstock: Close to standard bikes with no endurance mods or engine tuning – Experimental: Funny front ends, hybrid or electric power, what have you got? ...
A few days back the Le Mans circuit issued a guide to the difference between the classes of bike that will be racing at Le Mans and how to spot them. They missed the big difference, though, so we've tried to set the record straight.
Formula EWC bikes can have some mild engine tuning, but crucially can have their wheels and brakes modified to facilitate quick pitstops. Superstock bikes run standard engines, and more significantly standard wheel and brake mounting systems. The difference in pit stop times between these two classes is enormous and is the reason why the Formula EWC bikes always bubble up to the top of the leaderboard as the race goes on.LMS72: Superstock pitstops are slowed down by barke caliper removal
In researching this article, we also notices that the Experimental class – normall the home of the Funny Front End tinkerers - can now run either hybrid electric / internal combustion engines, or fully electric power systems. Who will be the first to enter a KERS bike at a 24 hour race?Black number-board, modified brakes and wheel fixings; Formula EWC Rac41
Download the Rule Book here: fim-ewc-rules-1718.pdf
Access the latest, up to date FIM EWC Regulations here: www.fim-live.com/en/sport/regulations-and-documents/endurance/
Words, Photos: Martin Gelder