Ferrari announce Le Mans return with 2023 Hypercar programme
The Prancing Horse will return to La Sarthe for the centenary event...
Ferrari have announced their intentions to race at Le Mans in 2023 with a brand new Le Mans Hypercar.
The Italian marque took to social media this afternoon to reveal their plans to return to the iconic French enduro to fight for overall honours, which they last won back in 1965 during the height of the legendary rivalry with Ford.
Ferrari have confirmed that the car will be built to the WEC's new LMH ruleset, joining Toyota's GR010 and the yet to be revealed Peugeot in the category.
Following growing cost-cutting restrictions in F1, the Italian brand has been outspoken in its enthusiasm in racing elsewhere in motorsport, with IndyCar and sportscars continually pushed as the primary options.
Over the past 12 months there has been much speculation that Ferrari might choose to pursue the LMDh route, considered by many to be more sustainable option owing to the use of next-gen LMP2 chassis.
Ferrari, however, were vocal in stating that fundamental to their philosophy is racing a car that is Maranello in its entirety, voiding any chance that they would follow German brands Porsche and Audi down the LMDh regulations built in collaboration between WEC and IMSA.
Despite this being Ferrari's return to the premier class, the Prancing Horse has had continued success at Le Mans and in the WEC with their 458 and 488 GTE cars. In the last decade the AF Corse outfit has won the GTE Pro championship a total of four times, with class honours at Le Mans in 2019.
There is no confirmation of the name of the car, nor the driver line-up, however this is expected to follow in the coming months.