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FIA World Endurance Championship Details of BMW pitstops

10.08.2018: Key Facts: Team/car: BMW Team MTEK / BMW M8 GTE Duration: Approx. 35 seconds stationary (depending on the volume refuelled) Persons:

Key Facts:

 

Team/car:                  BMW Team MTEK / BMW M8 GTE



Duration:             Approx. 35 seconds stationary (depending on the volume refuelled)




Persons:        
                       

8 team members at the car (4 mechanics, 1 lollipop man, 2 refuellers, 1 fire extinguisher)




Procedure:   
                       

Refuel, tyre change and check at the same time, parallel driver change, where applicable




Speed limit:  
            60 km/h

 

The Challenge:


The consistency of the pit stops throughout the entire endurance race and the perfect communication between driver, pit crew and engineers, particularly in the case of unplanned stops, are crucial. Then on top of that is the challenge of changing brakes in a 24-hour race.

 

Driver Perspective – António Félix da Costa (POR):


"Pit stops in the FIA WEC are a real challenge because we need to change the drivers more quickly than the 35 seconds that it takes to refuel.



Getting out, getting in, and in particular, the new driver buckling up properly and securely in 25 seconds is far from easy. Training for these procedures is one of our most important tasks ahead of the race."

 



 Perfect pit stops are important for success in every race series. While it will be primarily about the speed of changing tyres at next , it’s the right timing and coordination of the different procedures that is crucial.


In addition to changing the tyres, the car is refuelled and a new driver enters the cockpit.






- Ingo Lehbrink, photo BMW

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10.08.2018 / MaP

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