Five of the six cars slated to compete in the GTE-Pro class at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans have been issued new Balance-of-Performance (BoP) changes heading into the race, including Chevrolet’s Corvette C7.R, according to Sportscar365. In the ‘Vette’s case, BoP changes are limited to an extra 10 kg of mandatory weight; some of the other GTE-Pro contenders were hit with fuel capacity changes and different turbocharger boost pressure limits.
Of the Corvette C7.R‘s competitors in GTE Pro, only the Porsche 911 RSR received no BoP changes. The BMW M8 GTE and Ferrari 488 GTE were both granted small increases in maximum allowable boost pressure, while the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, which ran nearly five seconds off-pace from the pack on Test Day, has been given a larger boost limit increase. The Aston was also granted an extra 4 liters of fuel capacity, while BMW and Ford lost 2 liters each. Ford’s formidable GT was administered a small boost penalty, but got a 13 kg weight break, while BMW was given an extra 13-kg penalty.
After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Pro class in 2015, Corvette Racing suffered an embarrassing defeat the following year, only managing a best result of seventh-in-class. The team redeemed itself somewhat the following year by making it onto the podium in third. This year, the factory-backed effort will try for its ninth class win at the storied endurance race, fielding a pair of cars driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio García, Mike Rockenfeller (No. 63 car), Oliver Gavin, Marcel Fässler, and Tommy Milner (No. 64).