Ferrari To Return To Le Mans With Their 2023 Hypercar Program
Ferrari is returning to their roots and making a comeback to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans
Today it was revealed that Ferrari will be returning to their roots and making a long-awaited return to the pinnacle of endurance racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ferrari has a significant and rich racing history at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And it has been questioned when they are going to return. The Italian manufacture abandoned endurance racing to focus purely and primarily on Formula 1. Since then, Ferrari has stepped in and dabbled with a few development ideas, yet, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has not been in the picture for a while. Until now...
Along with the announcement of the LMH program, Ferrari has stated that the development of the car has already begun. This has given fans hope to see the icons return to the sport, after all the prancing horses do have 9 outright victories, 36 victories in total and 21 category wins. The Italian manufacture is hoping to add a 10th to that list. The 2023 LMH competitor will be the first Ferrari prototype since the 333SP, and it will also be the first prototype to be raced under the Ferrari name since the 312PB Group 6 which was 40 years ago. Notwithstanding the fact that the last time Ferrari challenged for a victory at the 24 Hours was with the 512M in 1971. It has been long enough, and we have been waiting for a flawless return.
John Elkann, president of Ferrari, has explained their unexpected return to the endurance race...
"In over 70 years of racing, on tracks all over the world, we led our closed-wheel cars to victory by exploring cutting-edge technological solutions: innovations that arise from the track and make every road car produced in Maranello extraordinary.
Ferrari seems confident and determined about this factory LMH sports cars program. To build and race a hypercar at Le Mans is a major commitment. Especially in the LMH class (Le Mans Hypercar). The Hyper class is the top class of the FIA World Endurance Champion. Although, the prestigious company seems ready to contest for a top victory. In addition to being committed to Formula 1 and now LMH, the prancing horses have a lot on their plate.
In the spring of 2018, Ferrari was a noticeable contributor and member in the discussions of the Le Mans Hypercar regulations and rules. Evidently, Ferrari has been leading up to this moment and has been preparing to return to LMH. Not only have they planned to return, but Ferrari is already planning to take an overall victory with their advanced hypercar as well. As yet, no further details have been revealed about this announcement nor about the program and the hypercar.
Ferrari was sooner or later going to return to their roots of racing and sports car racing, Ferrari's arrival and expected front-of-the-field return will go alongside their Formula 1 program. It has been fifty years since Ferrari’s last official participation, which makes this return ever so special. The infamous Italian marque has dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans since the 50s, and returning will give them another moment to record in the history books.
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