Comparison of the different car classes for 2022

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

You’ll notice that one name is missing from that list: GT Le Mans. Yes, that class is now gone while the GT class has been merged into two categories. That class has been loaded this season and will take up more than half the field this weekend.

The Wayne Taylor No. 10 Acura will lead all 61 cars to green on Saturday (1:40 pm) after winning last weekend’s qualifying race in thrilling fashion, which saw a late attack by the No. 5 Cadillac DPi machine driven by Richard Westbrook.

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Here’s a look under the hood:

The number 10 Wayne Taylor DPi won the Rolex 24 qualifier on Sunday.

Daytona Prototype International (DPi)

The Daytona Prototype International, the fastest and most technologically advanced sports car in North America, has been specifically designed and developed for the racetrack.

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

In addition, the DPi body features styling cues that match these engine manufacturers.

Top speed: 200 mph

horsepower: >580

wheelbase: 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: Acura 3.5L V6, Cadillac 5.5L V8

Fuel: E-20

Gear box: 6-speed paddle shifters

Ties: Michelin

Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque

Delay: Front & Rear – Independent Coil Springs, Upper & Lower A-arms

Traction Control: Allowed

Follow the no. 22 Oreca LMP2 07 via the bus stop.

Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)

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

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

Top speed: 190 mph

horsepower: 580

wheelbase: Length varies; based on production design

Weight: 2,068 pounds

Height: Height varies; based no production design

Width: 74 inches

cars: ORECA LMP2 07

engines: Gibson V8

Fuel: E-20

Gear box: 6-speed paddle shifters

Ties: Michelin

Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque

Delay: Front & Rear – Independent Coil Springs, Upper & Lower A-arms

Traction Control: Allowed

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

Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3)

The Le Mans Prototype 3 is a closed cockpit entry-level model developed by four approved 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 — and other international series such as the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).

Top speed: 185 mph

horsepower: 460

wheelbase: 112 inches

Weight: 2,068 pounds

Height: 43 inch

Width: 74 inches

cars: Ligier, Duqueine

Engine: Nissan V8

Fuel: E-10

Gear box: 6-speed sequential

Ties: Michelin

Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque

Delay: Front & Rear – Independent Coil Springs, Upper & Lower A-arms

Traction Control: Allowed

Cars circle during Roar Before the 24 practice at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, January 20, 2022.

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

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

The only difference between the classes is the eligibility of all-pro driver lineups for GTD PRO versus required Pro-Am driver lineups in GTD.

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

Top speed: 180 mph

horsepower: >500

wheelbase: Length varies; based on production design

Weight: 2,680 pounds

Height: Height varies; based on production design

Width: 79 inch

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

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