ELMS

EUROPE’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS ENDURANCE COMPETITION

WHAT IS

ELMS?

With races on six Formula 1 circuits, the European Le Mans Series is arguably the continent’s most prestigious endurance racing competition. Inspired by the original Le Mans race, this elite series offer winners entry to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and features teams from motorsport’s greatest marques.

 

ELMS’ FIA’s driver-grading system also makes it the perfect arena for amateur drivers to compete alongside the stars and secure a place on the Le Mans grid. This unorthodox format attracts an eclectic field, which includes well-known names like ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica and Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender.

 

For 2021, Goodyear is proud to be the official tyre supplier for all teams in LMGTE and LMP2 classes. 

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Power and performance

At a glance, ELMS races look similar to the FIA World Endurance Championship, but there are some significant differences. The LMP2 prototypes head the three-class structure in ELMS, (alongside LMGTE and LMP3) battling for the overall win at the front of the field. 

LMP2

Each of the 560 bhp LMP2 racers run on Goodyear, using the same tyre specifications as WEC. 

 

LMP2 cars have similar characteristics to LMP1 WEC cars – including a carbon monocoque chassis. However, fewer modifications and developments are allowed, with all cars running on the same 4L V8 Gibson engine. This class is specifically for teams of independent manufacturers and/or engine suppliers.

LMP3

LMP3 is an entry-level prototype class intended for introducing young drivers and new teams to endurance racing before they progress to the higher classes of prototype racing. LMP3 cars feature a closed-cockpit design and are powered by a 5-litre, normally-aspirated Nissan V8 engine.

LMGTE

The Le Mans Grand Tour Racing endurance category includes modified variations of road cars. This class features a mouth-watering inter-marque battle between Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche, giving Goodyear the opportunity to showcase technologies for racing versions of some of the world’s greatest supercars.

ELMS

RACE

FORMAT

Each of the ELMS races are four hours long, compared to the six, eight and 24-hour races in WEC. Nevertheless, at more than twice the length of a Formula 1 Grand Prix, they pose an immense challenge for drivers, teams and tyres. Racing on iconic European tracks such as Monza and 

Spa-Francorchamps, as well as the top-grade circuits at Barcelona, Le Castellet, Red Bull Ring and Portimao, ELMS truly is the ultimate European endurance racing challenge.

RACE

CALENDAR

4 hours of
Red Bull Ring

15/16 May 2021

4 hours of
Monza

10/11 July 2021

4 hours of
Le Castellet

28-29 August 2021

4 hours of
Spa-Francorchamps

18/19 September 2021

4 hours of Portimao

23/24 October 2021

Goodyear is the
exclusive supplier

to LMP2 and LMGTE 

In 2020, Goodyear supplied tyres to every car in LMGTE and several LMP2 teams. This year, Goodyear is the exclusive supplier to both categories, as well as the LMP2 class in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

 

This high-profile partnership follows on from Goodyear’s successful return to the 24 hours of Le Mans back in 2019, and reinforces the relationship between the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the leading World and European endurance championships and one of the most successful tyre companies in the history of motorsport.

The Goodyear SuperSport Race Tyre

Developed to 
go the distance

The latest generation of the Goodyear Eagle SuperSport race tyres will be supplied to all ELMS teams within the LMP2 class.

 

Goodyear offer 3 different types of compound in the LMP2 race category: 

1. SLICKS

2. INTERS

3. WETS

All-new tyres
For LMGTE

The highly competitive LMGTE class features race-prepared supercars from prestigious brands like Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin, and an entry list to match. All nine cars will benefit from a brand-new range of Goodyear tyres, including two slick specs, an intermediate and a full wet tyre.

 

“The level of the LMGTE class keeps improving every year. We’ve brought an entirely new range for 2021. The intermediate and wet tyres are also brand-new, with new patterns, construction and compounds.”

 

Mike McGregor, Goodyear’s Endurance 

Programme Manager

INFORMATION


RACE SERIES