4 Manufacturers I would like to see enter the 2020/2021 WEC Hypercar category
A few weeks ago, we heard the announcement of the future rule change of the top category in WEC. In a way, this new change brings the 24 Hours of Le Mans back to the good old days when the cars seen on the track were represented by road going siblings. This “listicle” however isn’t about the past. Let’s imagine what brands we would love to see take part in the category showing off the pinnacle of road car performance.
You can’t talk about hypercars without mentioning Ferrari. Despite appealing to perhaps the older audience today, Ferrari still manages to bring out amazingly high performance hypercars when they feel like it. In fact, they even manage to make race verions of these hypercars through the XX program with cars such as the FXXK and 599 XX. Could these cars have been a metaphorical toe in the water for hypercar based racing? Only time will tell. However, we have heard that the Maranello team has showed decent amounts of interest in the category and even took part in making up the smaller details of the rules.
As I remember it, the talks of this Hypercar category started back when Red Bull and Aston Martin teamed up to creating the crazy Valkyrie. A car designed by Formula One mastermind Adrian Newey making its own weight in downforce with a hybrid V12 engine revving to over 11,000 rpm. The car already looks like a modern day LMP1 car so surely there will be a few AMRLM edition Valkyries taking to the Circuit de la Sarthe in years to come.
Many moons ago, a certain McLaren F1 was brought to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and could be seen battling the might of the Porsche 911 GT1. With the current rate of production and expansion of the McLaren range, we can only expect that the Ultimate series will produce a Le Mans dominating monster. In fact, there have been many rumours of a Senna derived racecar taking to the 24 hour race. However, wouldn’t it be more likely that a 403km/h hybrid Speedtail is taken to a track notorious for its long straights and jaw dropping top speed?
Back in the final days of GT1 racing, Maserati managed to put together the MC12. This car was based on the chassis of the Ferrari Enzo and the aim of it was to homologate it as a racecar. Unfortunately, the MC12 GT1 was banned from entering the Le Mans 24 hours as the ACO ruled it to be too long for the class it was made to compete in. A few years ago, a story emerged that Maserati were creating a new MC12 and even showed us the Birdcage concept car. Personally, I would love to see the Italian manufacturer make a new hypercar to fit the WEC regulations and challenge for the win to make up for the sad story of the MC12 GT1.
This is my list and opinion but let me know what manufacturer would you like to see make a WEC hypercar.