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12 June, 2006 at 11:12 am
Interesting, but not new. From 1982-1993, sports cars (prototypes, as used on e.g. the Le Mans 24-h race) raced according to “Group C” regulations.
The regulations were that the cars could consume a little over 100 litres/hour (2500 l for a 24-h race), which works out to 1:2, or something like 5 mpg. This led to interesting races, even if sometimes they were decided by someone running out of fuel on the last lap.
It also led to interesting cars, with a much greater variety of technical solutions than typically seen in Formula 1: You’d see Jaguar 7-litre V12s racing Mercedes 5-l V8 Turbos, Mazda used Wankel engines, Porsche used a 3-l flat-6 turbo, etc.
The series’ downfall was the FIA messing with regulations, which made its cost skyrocket.
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