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Toyota To Seek Further Reeling In Of LMP2 Pace

Technical Director Pascal Vasselon maintains Hypercar pace has not been disguised

In the immediate aftermath of the two-day WEC prologue test at Spa Francorchamps that saw three of the four track sessions topped not by the brand new Toyota GR010 Hybrid or (grandfathered LMP1) Alpine A480 ‘Hypercars, but instead, the newly performance docked LMP2s, Toyota offered an online ‘Zoom’ call with Technical Director Pascal Vasselon to take questions on the events of the past couple of days, and on what may lie ahead.

应该注意的是,LMP2s是在'新'2021年国际汽联WEC规格运行,刚刚在本月初宣布,没有事先警告车队,现在的汽车重量950kg,增加了20公斤,从上个赛季,与他们的吉布森GK428 V8拨回536马力(从600马力下降),并为WEC只,这些车还被要求运行的成本上限,以前勒芒只有,低下压力(和低阻力)空气动力包。

相比之下,丰田章男运行520千瓦(略低于700马力)和1040公斤与单一的,完整的赛季(事实上完整的五年认证)空气动力套件,阿尔卑斯山与略高于600马力从其LMP1规格吉布森GL458,并在930公斤,从基重低于820上赛季初与叛乱。A480将运行本赛季与低下压力身体套件开发的叛乱R13。

DSC的编辑和跑车365的丹尼尔·劳埃德(Daniel Lloyd)出席了电话会议,他们两人在整个测试过程中都在现场,赛车工程师埃德·安德鲁·科顿(Ed Andrew Cotton)和即将到来的Autosport的加里·沃特金斯(Gary Watkins)也参加了电话会议。

当然,也有人对丰田的表现提出质疑,事实证明,他们的可靠性也是如此!从丰田的角度来看,无论是立即还是在一个持续的时间框架内,我们可以做什么,应该做什么。

Are you surprised by the lap times that you’ve seen in the test, particularly from the LMP2s and from the Alpine or is it something that you expected pre regs?

“LMP2S的表现是一个令人惊讶的是!

你认为LMP2的新产品包会在哪里?

“这并不是一个真正需要我回答的问题,因为我几乎没有关于LMP2的数据。我们大致知道已经做了什么,但我们没有工具精确估计影响。”

Now that you know the impacts, what are your options between now and the race?

“From our side, things are quite clear. We have our programme, at the moment I can say we are doing quite badly reliability-wise, we have to get on top of it, especially on car #7.

“而且为了其余的,我们对我们所在的位置非常高兴。从我们的表现方面,没有惊喜。我们是我们预期在模拟器中,在离线模拟中的位置 - 没有惊喜。“

这是你真正的速度吗?这就是我们对比赛周的期望吗?

“这是我们必须考虑到汽车重量的地方,空气动力学数据是强制性的。我们正在运行的电源。这是汽车认证的地方,我们在性能窗口。我们正在运行分配给我们的电力,我们正在以我们的设计重量运行。这就是为什么我担心那里没有漏洞。

“我们预计每公里的轨道大致一秒钟的性能损失(与LMP1次相比)。因此,我们预计在正常长度下降五秒钟,轨道5公里,在Le Mans且具有略微不同的敏感系数的10秒。

“Here (at Spa) we have seven kilometres, so we are expecting a seven second deficit going back to the LMP1 pace. This is where we are, even a bit better.”

你不比P2s快有关系吗?还是对冠军有那么坏?在一个新的时代开始的时候让P2s和你在一起?

“我想我只能说这不可能是好的,很明显。但是你有你控制的东西,还有一些不在你控制的东西。当我们不得不回顾这个新类别的分层时,这并不是我们的意图。所以我可以确认事情没有按预期进行。”

你希望在接下来的几天里从组织者那里看到什么?你认为他们有什么可以改变的吗,让你和LMP2之间的关系变得更好?

“这对ACO和FIA有一个问题,我无法回答所有这些问题。”

What is within the capability of your programme to change? If the answer comes back, there’s a limited amount that can be done with LMP2?

例如,你能用更大的力量跑步吗?

“The answer would be no, because there may be a possibility to run with more power, but we did not validate this level of power. So, what is validated at the moment is 520 kilowatts in the rules. I cannot say we could not do more, we could probably do more. But then we would be in unknown territory, so it’s not something we would apply in the short-term.”

体重呢?

“不能再低了。当你想减轻重量时,在车上改变是最困难的事情之一。这是最昂贵的物品之一。”

“在周六的六小时比赛中,你希望看到什么。你昨天和今天所做的模拟是如何预测结果的?

“老实说,我们没有看到这一点。我们在看我们的节目,我们在看我们手中的东西。为了控制可靠性,我们已经有很多事情要做了。

“(我们)的表现,正如我告诉你的,我们对它相当满意。尽管如此,还有一些设置调整要做,但我们希望在球场上。这是我们唯一可以关注的。”

在权力上,规则说500千瓦,峰值电源是520在BOP图表中,你能解释一下这一切吗?

“最初沟通的是500千瓦。这就是勒芒的力量。在FIA和ACO所做的模拟工作中,很快发现LMP2的间隙在(其他)WEC轨道上更为关键,这就是为什么在WEC轨道上,很早就决定采用520千瓦。

“Most of the computation has been done around the 500 kilowatts at Le Mans but it was planned from the beginning to run 520 kilowatts at the WEC tracks somehow anticipating what we see today, but obviously that anticipation has not been good enough.”

你说你有一辆新车,还有一辆测试车,你已经做了所有的测试。你能告诉我们哪个是哪个吗?

“新车是那个有问题的人,那里没有谜。统计上,您将始终面对新车的问题,新车是#7。我们一直在追逐Gremlins,液压和电气磨石。“

在过去,我们看到丰田和其他制造商有时在Spa运行低下压力。几年前你们自己就把策略分了。你认为LMP2的下压力很低吗?你认为Spa的特性是否能让它们更接近你?

Because if you look at the middle sector, they’re quicker than you. But then they’re probably closer to you in Sector one, and particularly in Sector three than they would be otherwise?

“It could be that Spa is an outlier in terms of the impact of low downforce LMP2s. It was expected that this move to the low downforce package would increase the gap. It could be that has not happened as much as expected.

“We were always running the low downforce package here but it was clearly to prepare for Le Mans. But if you remember well last year when we were running some success handicap here. I think it was FP1, or FP2, one of our cars was already behind some LMP2s.

去年我们已经有类似的情况了。去年我们的单圈时间是2:03左右,在其中一次训练中,8号赛车落后于LMP2s。所以去年在Spa已经有点特别了,当我们带着成功障碍跑的时候,LMP2赛车离我们很近。”

Has #8 had many reliability problems in the last few days?

“我们在#8上没有出现可靠性问题,我认为我们在#7上遇到了一些棘手的问题,我们很有希望做到这一点!”

你将如何量化和解释,你在哪里损失的时间,这些P2汽车在那个中间部门?这两个包有什么区别?为什么你的速度要慢得多?

“我认为你也有一个巨大的体重差和差异。但除了那些发布的人之外,我并不是两个特征的顶级。有一个巨大的体重差异。

Will you be seeking directly a change in that balance between your car and the LMP2s?

“I would think that there is no choice?”

所以这就是丰田将寻求的“是”?

“I don’t think it was a target to have this kind of stratification between the categories. But again, I can give you Toyota’s opinion. It’s a question to ask the ACO and FIA . But is it what we were expecting in terms of stratification? The answer is no!

“这一问题在数量上是预料之中的。当超级跑车的种类被设计为在成本方面有一些明确的目标,成本是有竞争力的等等。有几个参数已转向性能较差,以使该类别更经济实惠。

“与会者立即承认,这将需要调整其他类别。

So qualitatively, we cannot be surprised that the problem exists.

“在它需要调整的情况下,它是量化的,但这不是戏剧,这是一个有点试验和错误,但这就是它,这不是戏剧!”

I guess the further question that comes is that the changes for LMP2 have come very late. We had the ELMS meeting in the wake of a back to back test between a P2 and the Alpine, you tested at Paul Ricard back to back with Racing Team Nederland. At this point in proceedings, is it safe for them to make a (further) substantial change to LMP2?

“当然,这要看你做了什么。有些事情是不可能的。例如,增加大量的重量和超出碰撞试验认可的范围是不可行的。但我认为你还有很多其他的可能性。

“But again, you were asking me questions which I just cannot answer but in principle, for sure there are things to do, which would be safe.”

我想我需要按你的帕斯卡尔。在你的脑海里,这些事情会是什么?

“I don’t know. It’s not in my hands. Toyota is not making the LMP2 regulations.

“只是我想在此提出的是,让LMP2更慢的必要性。这是一个体育决定。我们现在正在讨论多少钱。然后第一次尝试可能不会击中目标。在这个时刻对我来说。这不是戏剧。我们有时间调整它。“

So would Toyota consider it to be embarrassing if the hybrid car was beaten by an LMP2 in the first race?

“你怎么看?

“这有点明显。显然,让LMP2跑得比Hypercars快并不是目标。

“我正试图提出明确的意志来纠正这一点。这只是必须进行审查的修正。

“这个原则并不新鲜。从一开始就知道必须进行调整。所以在这里,我们不是在质疑目标是什么。我们的目标是让超级跑车成为最快的类别,这一点很清楚,据我所知,这是毋庸置疑的。”

在即将到来的比赛中能做到这一点吗?这真的有可能吗?

“不是我说的吗?我不需要详细说明。”

你跑过资格赛吗?这是你最快的速度吗?

“我们在课程结束前进行了一次低油耗跑步。是的。”(这被认为是塞巴斯蒂安·布埃米(Sebastien Buemi)在最后一节中跑得很晚,他在最后一节中看到了#8的最高成绩,但仍然没有达到开场白中最快的LMP2时间。

DSC Says:

在开场白的结果出来之后,如果有什么结果的话,还有待观察,规则制定者是否能够,或者是否会选择,重新调整阶级之间的平衡,总是假设这些相同的规则制定者没有发现Hypercar团队试图调节他们自己的表现,以期影响“分层”过程(消灭思想!)

需要进一步补充的是,LMP2目前的状况已经是这一过程的第二次尝试,团队——包括新推出的Pro-Am课程和几个真正的“绅士”铜牌级别的车手——只有在过去两天时间来适应已经非常不同的LMP2规格,目前的规范是在大多数团队完成冬季测试计划的四周前宣布的。这将是公平的反映太,他们将作出深刻的不高兴,以任何进一步的重大'调整',从现在起,在周四的自由练习再次撞上赛道的汽车!

For the purposes of clarity, the single major area of supposedly ‘safe’ adjustment that remains is a further power cut for the LMP2s, the LMP2s are already at the very edge of their homologated weight for crash-worthiness – but that too introduces safety-related matters in terms of traffic management, the ability of the Prototypes to get by a GTE car quickly and safely, the Prologue already saw a significant accident in those circumstances that left two cars requiring replacement, there appears to be little, if any, notion of a commensurate adjustment for the GTEs!

如果一切帕斯卡Vasselon说绝对伏特加ely correct, and Toyota have indeed shown their true pace, then there has been a significant miscalculation over the ‘stratification’ between the classes, but there remains a significant degree of doubt over whether we have indeed seen the true pace of the Hypercars – and recent history tells us that factory teams have seldom hesitated to act single-mindedly in defence of their own interests.

这些对于经验丰富的观察者来说都不奇怪,他们发现了与平衡绩效过程有关的阴谋——在这种情况下,不寻常的,但不是唯一的挑战是将这个过程覆盖在已经建立的现有阶级结构上。

随着高度的技术挑战即将到来,标致和法拉利仍在超级跑车的LMH子类别中,以及未来多家制造商已宣布或将宣布平行的LMDH规则集,这对规则制定者来说是一个关键时刻,应该补充,我们也需要保持信心和未来参与的LMP2团队至少在未来几年!

这几天会很有趣的!