This LMP1 Car Went Flying

What happens when an aerodynamic package designed to produce downforce creates lift instead.

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Starting in 2020, active aerodynamics will be allowed in LMP1 for the World Endurance Championship. Funnily enough, giving the complicated moveable aero bits the green light will lower costs, since the move will fix the aerodynamic specification for the full season instead of requiring the teams to come up with two homologated packages like they do today.

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Teams often choose to use the "low-downforce" Le Mans-spec body at the Spa WEC round. We aren't sure whether that was the case for the Dallara-built BR Engineering BR1 of SMP Racing, but Matevos Isaakyan's #17 LMP1 car sure pulled a '99 CLR once the Russian driver got to the top of Eau Rouge.

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Luckily, he climbed out of the wreck unhurt.

Meanwhile, SMP Racing's other driver, a certain Jenson Button, had a better time in his BR1 during his first LMP1 test at Magny Cours in France.

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