Ferrari Is Latest to Commit to Le Mans Hypercar for 2023

Mike Pryson
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Photo credit: SAM PANTHAKY - Getty Images
Photo credit: SAM PANTHAKY - Getty Images

From Autoweek

Ferrari is returning to the World Endurance Championship in 2023 as the latest manufacturer to commit to the LMDh classification of sports-car racing.

Ferrari joins Acura, Porsche, and Audi as manufacturers committing to production of cars for the new hybrid class. Cars that meet LMDh class specifications will be able to race in both the World Endurance Championship and the top class of the IMSA WeatherTech Series, as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The LMDh platform was introduced at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona race in January 2020. Originally scheduled to roll out in the fall of 2021 for the WEC and in 2022 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in IMSA, the new classification looks to be set to debut in 2023 due to production and development delays caused the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ferrari announced its entry into the class on the official Ferrari website Wednesday. The name of the car or its drivers were not part of Wednesday's announcement.

"The announcement of Ferrari’s commitment to the FIA World Endurance Championship with a Le Mans Hypercar entry from 2023 is great news for the FIA, the ACO and the wider world of motorsport," FIA president Jean Todt said. "I believe in the concept of road-relevant Hypercars competing in the FIA WEC and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I’m looking forward to seeing this legendary brand taking on this ambitious project."

Organizers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans echoed Todt's enthusiasm for Ferrari's announcement.

"Today is a great day for endurance racing: Ferrari is coming back to the top level, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship," said Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest. "The Hypercar field promises some epic battles. Alongside Ferrari, In 2023, many manufacturers who have already joined us are sure to pull out all the stops to win the race in its centenary year. This is excellent news for a discipline whose rule base forms a solid foundation on which to build a bright future."

Ferrari president John Elkann said that the manufacturer is ready for the challenge.

“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." Elkann said, "With the new Le Mans Hypercar program, Ferrari once again asserts its sporting commitment and determination to be a protagonist in the major global motorsport events."