After consulting with Michelin and Goodyear, the sole tyre suppliers for the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) have decided to allow tyre warming for the 24 Heures du Mans.
The exemption is only applicable to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which ensures that drivers of all experience levels will be able to compete in the safest possible environment regardless of the track conditions and temperatures. In addition, tyre manufacturers, teams, and drivers will gain valuable time to develop a better understanding of how to bring cold tyres up to temperature before the remainder of the 2023 FIA WEC season.
For the sake of uniformity and fairness, tyre warmers will be allowed in all three classes of the FIA World Endurance Championship when they make their comeback. In addition to this, the tyre heating ovens will be powered by fuel that is 100 percent sustainable and will come from the exclusive supplier for the FIA WEC, TotalEnergies.
The WEC's long-term tyre road map, which was established in conjunction with tyre manufacturers and has been in the works for the past two years, included the discontinuation of tyre warming as one of its original recommendations.