The World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans will see the addition of a competitor of choice from 2023, with the return, at the highest level of the discipline, of Ferrari, which had hitherto reserved its commitments. to the GT category. The Italian manufacturer will engage in Hypercar, just like Toyota and Glickenhaus from this year, then Peugeot from 2022. Porsche and Audi have, for their part, chosen the LMDh in 2023, less expensive but with an equivalent level of performance will be guaranteed by law.

This choice of Ferrari for the Hypercar has always been privileged in the reflections of the firm of Maranello because it offers a much greater degree of involvement in the design of the race car, chassis and engine, while the LMDh appeals to a customer chassis (Oreca, Ligier, Dallara or Multimatic); only the assembly and the motorization will be the prerogative of the registered manufacturer. The Hypercar is therefore, for Ferrari, the best way to promote, through competition, its know-how in terms of sport models for the road.

“After a period of study and analysis, Ferrari has launched in recent weeks the development of the new LMH (Hypercar) car, the statement said. The track test program, the name of the car and the drivers who will make up the official crews will be among the next announcements. Fifty years after its last official participation in the premier class of the World Sports Car Championship in 1973, Ferrari will take to the track in the Hypercar class of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship. “

Until 1973 in fact, Enzo Ferrari always maintained a double official program (sometimes difficult …) between F1 and world endurance. Before fully devoting its brand to the Grand Prix, from 1974. Ferrari is thus one of the brands on the most successful endurance races, notably winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans nine times, from 1949 to 1965 .

“With the new Le Mans Hypercar program, Ferrari reaffirms its sporting commitment and its determination to be a protagonist in major motorsport competitions

But also with memorable victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona or the 12 Hours of Sebring, in the United States, with models as legendary as the 250, P3 / P4, 512S or 312P. Ferrari is therefore renewing this great tradition of double entry in Formula 1 and at Le Mans, even if after 1973, other semi-private entries have sometimes maintained a presence in several endurance races.

“For more than 70 years of racing on circuits around the world, we have led our sports cars to victory by exploring cutting-edge solutions: innovations that emerge on the track and make every road car produced extraordinary. in Maranello, underlines John Elkann, president of Ferrari. With the new Le Mans Hypercar program, Ferrari reaffirms its sporting commitment and its determination to be a protagonist in major motorsport competitions. “

For Ferrari, it is also a form of response to the expenditure ceilings introduced in Formula 1 from this year and which limits the number of people entered in the Grand Prix program. It was necessary to find other outlets for its staff and the Hypercar category is, again, a better choice than the LMDh.

For some time now, it has also been suggested that the Hypercar category could be an area of ​​profitable technical development: by capillarity, the know-how acquired could also serve the interests of the Scuderia in F1 if research capacities were affected by the cap. budgets … One thing is certain, it is endurance which, after having lived through a few difficult seasons, is emerging as the winner with a new era which promises to be sportingly exciting. And the 24 Hours of Le Mans which, in 2023, will offer an incredible edition for their centenary!

Ref: https://www.lequipe.fr