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Ferrari announce Le Mans return with 2023 Hypercar programme

The Prancing Horse will return to La Sarthe for the centenary event...

21w ago

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.

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Comments (16)

  • 2023 will be one of the best years for motorsport!

      4 months ago
  • Best news of 2021 and that includes the roll out of vaccines. How about the F1 world championship and Le Mans win in 2023? Then we would know everything is right with the world again.

      4 months ago
    • They win all that but the new road car they make (their SUV?) gets critically panned by every publication. Equivalent exchange?

        4 months ago
    • Yeah sure. Maybe they will stop making the SUV then. I am still in therapy about Lamborghini and Porsche making SUVs. One day I will find someone who can explain why anyone wants one of the bloody things.

        4 months ago
  • OK, but for real: this I expected. Ferrari won't ever take the easy road if it means they can make something that can truly conquer the world, and now that the ACO explicitly wanted hypercars, Ferrari can deploy both the road car arm and half the F1 team to create a beautiful beast of a machine. I wouldn't be surprised if they field a new design -- the SF90 Stradale is a poor base to build the LM-H car upon -- but I'd be surprised if this doesn't turn into a road car, too. Either way, Ferrari are back, and WEC LM-H just got extra-exciting.

      4 months ago
  • Brilliant news!

      4 months ago
  • Ferrari vs Porsche would be awesome!!!!!!!!

      4 months ago