Comparison of different car classes for 2022

There are 61 cars registered in this weekend’s Rolex 24 – the largest field for almost a decade – including seven in the Prototype category, 10 in LMP2, nine in the LMP3 category, 13 in GTD Pro and 22 in GTD.

You will notice one name missing from this list: GT Le Mans. Yeah, this class is now gone while the GT class combined into two categories. This class is busy this season and will occupy more than half of the field this weekend.

Wayne Taylor’s #10 Acura will lead the 61 cars to green on Saturday (1:40 p.m.) after winning last weekend’s qualifying race in thrilling fashion, fending off a late charge from the #5 Cadillac DPi machine, driven by Richard Westbrook.

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here is a look under the hood:

No. 10 Wayne Taylor DPi won Sunday's Rolex 24 qualifier.

Daytona Prototype International (DPi)

The fastest and most technologically advanced sports cars in North America, the Daytona Prototype International is purpose-built and engineered for the racetrack.

DPi cars use chassis built to international specifications and powered by engines from major automakers Acura and Cadillac.

Additionally, the DPi body includes styling cues that align with these engine manufacturers.

Top speed: 200mph

Powerful : >580

Wheelbase: The length varies; based on production design

Weight: 2,046 pounds

Height: Height varies; based on production design

Width: 74 inches

Cars: Acura ARX-05, Cadillac DPi-VR

Engines: 3.5L Acura V6, 5.5L Cadillac V8

Fuel: E-20

Gearbox: 6-speed paddle shifter

Tires: michelin

Frame: Carbon fiber monocoque

Suspension: Front and rear – independent coil springs, upper and lower A-arms

Traction control: permit

Oreca LMP2 07 n°22 is closely followed to the bus stop.

Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)

Le Mans Prototype 2 is a closed-cockpit car developed by four approved manufacturers, but all the LMP2s entered this year will be on ORECA chassis.

In addition to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, LMP2 cars are eligible to compete in other world series such as the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, which includes the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Top speed: 190mph

Powerful : 580

Wheelbase: The length varies; based on production design

Weight: 2,068 pounds

Height: Height varies; based on no production design

Width: 74 inches

Cars: ORECA LMP2 07

Engines: Gibson V8

Fuel: E-20

Gearbox: 6-speed paddle shifter

Tires: michelin

Frame: Carbon fiber monocoque

Suspension: Front and rear – independent coil springs, upper and lower A-arms

Traction control: permit

#33: Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier JS P320, LMP3: Lance Willsey, Joao Barbosa, Wayne Boyd, Yann Clairay

Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3)

Le Mans Prototype 3 is an entry-level closed-cockpit car developed by four licensed manufacturers.

In addition to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, LMP3 cars are also eligible to compete in the IMSA Prototype Challenge – one of IMSA’s driver development series – as well as other international series such as the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).

Top speed: 185mph

Powerful : 460

Wheelbase: 112 inches

Weight: 2,068 pounds

Height: 43 inches

Width: 74 inches

Cars: Ligier, Duqueine

Motor: Nissan V8

Fuel: E-10

Gearbox: 6-speed sequential

Tires: michelin

Frame: Carbon fiber monocoque

Suspension: Front and rear – independent coil springs, upper and lower A-arms

Traction control: permit

Cars do laps during Roar Before the 24 practice at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Jan. 20, 2022.

GT Daytona PRO (GTD PRO) and GT Daytona (GTD)

GT Daytona cars that will compete in both the GTD PRO and GTD classes use the same technical regulations.

The only difference between the classes is the eligibility of fully professional driver rosters for GTD PRO versus the Pro-Am driver rosters required in GTD.

The cars are enhanced (not defined by) technology and use the FIA-GT3 worldwide specification. The GTD class consists of cars from major manufacturers such as Acura, Aston Martin, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.

Top speed: 180mph

Powerful : >500

Wheelbase: The length varies; based on production design

Weight: 2,680 pounds

Height: Height varies; based on production design

Width: 79 inches

Cars: Acura NSX GT3, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, BMW M4 GT3, Corvette C8.R GTD, Ferrari 488 GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Lexus RC F GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 R

Engines: Acura V6 Turbo, Aston Martin 4.0-liter V8 Turbo, BMW 3.0-liter straight-six M TwinPower Turbo, Chevrolet 5.5-liter pushrod 2-valve, Ferrari V8 Turbo, Lamborghini 5.2-liter V10, Lexus 5.0 V8, Mercedes 6.2-litre V8, Porsche 4.0-litre flat-six

Fuel: VP Racing E-10 Fuel

Gearbox: 6 speeds

Tires: michelin

Frame: Steel tubing and integrated roll bar or production tubing with cage, based on publicly available production model

Suspension: Front and rear – independent coil springs, upper and lower A-arms

Traction control: permit

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