The European Le Mans Series features the elite of European Endurance racing and all the LMP2 or LMGTE drivers that hope one day to compete in the FIA WEC, the endurance world championship. As part of its partnership with the ACO, Total is official fuel supplier and the group also provides support to the Cool Racing and Panis Racing teams, through its brands TotalEnergies and Elf respectively.
Major partnership with automobile club de l’ouest (aco)
Through this strategic partnership with the ACO, the Group is building on its longstanding commitment to endurance racing. Like an open-air test lab, the track represents a key source of innovation, because the intensive demands of endurance racing – long race times and distances – push us to develop increasingly high-performance fuels that will one day be available to motorists.
The ACO has recently redefined the rules for the WEC, introducing stricter constraints for the Hypercar category. Now, the objective is to achieve the best performance while minimising fuel consumption. This revolution reflects the current concerns of both manufacturers and motorists: consuming less and reducing their environmental footprint.
To meet these requirements, our engineers have developed a new fuel for 2021, called Excellium Endurance. This specially-designed fuel contains 10% ethanol from renewable sources (plant waste) and is partly composed (5%) of bio-hydrocarbons, i.e. derived from biomass materials that delivers greater energy efficiency. This process marks another significant step taken by TotalEnergies towards its goal of using more and more renewable sources in its fuels.
This high-octane FIA WEC fuel also makes it possible to optimise both compression ratios and ignition settings for engines, improving their output (ratio between mechanical power generated and thermal power spread) and increasing their longevity. Last, Excellium Endurance reduces fuel consumption by 2,5 % to 3 %.
Ultimately, our technology to use Excellium additives, combined with fuel, protects the engine from clogging which is crucial for endurance races and especially the very challenging, 24h of Le Mans. This technology is also used for our consumers in our stations.
TotalEnergies joins forces with cool racing
Already extensively involved in Endurance racing – a category widely acknowledged as an excellent test lab for the fuels of the future – TotalEnergies added a new string to its bow in 2020 when the group agreed a partnership between the TotalEnergies brand and the Cool Racing Team as part of the European Le Mans Series. Once again this year, on its third season in the category, the team will be keen to do well and will be aiming to win the title in the new LMP2 Pro-Am championship with its Oreca 07 prototype.
It will be able to count on the support of the team, headed by Nicolas Lapierre (Platinum) whose talent and experience are beyond question. The collaboration with Lapierre goes back several years already and has always proved both fruitful and positive.
The Frenchman will head a team of drivers that also includes Antonin Borga (Silver) and Alexandre Coigny (Bronze) from Switzerland. Following official testing on April 12 and 13 in Barcelone, they will embark on a series of six four-hour races on some of Europe’s most legendary tracks (Barcelone, Red Bull Ring, Monza, Le Castellet, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimao).
Elf continues alongside panis racing
Once again this year, the Elf brand will also feature on Panis Racing’s Oreca 07 prototype. This season will be the team’s sixth appearance in the European Le Mans Series, a category where it has long since established a fine reputation. You only need to look at its result last year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of Endurance racing, where it claimed a superb third place in the LMP2 class.
As it aims to do at least as well in the European series, where it finished fourth in 2020, Olivier Panis, Sarah and Simon Abadie’s team will be looking to a couple of drivers that it knows well, British racer Will Stevens and Frenchman Julien Canal. They will be joined by the Australian James Allen, who has already produced some promising performances in LMP2.