The Italian manufacturer has not officially entered the 24 Hours for almost 50 years.
Here’s a good surprise. For fans of endurance, Le Mans, Ferrari, or quite simply of motor racing, a return in due form of the Scuderia to the 24 Hours is a fad that regularly returns to the front of the stage, over the rumors. . But, after 50 years of absence as an official team in the premier endurance category, Ferrari will return to Le Mans and WEC in 2023.
The manufacturer had hitherto entered GTs via various private teams, since its withdrawal in 1973. The last Ferrari prototype remained the 333 SP from 1994, and it was then built by the Italians of Dallara. But Ferrari is going to build a car for the Hypercar category.
Peugeot, Toyota, Porsche, Audi … A dream line-up!
This category is the one that also chose Peugeot and Toyota. It allows more freedom than the LMDh, category of future Porsche and Audi endurance. But all these cars will be balanced by a “balance of performance“, which will ensure that each team will fight, at least in theory, on equal terms. A hell of a lot for this 2023 edition: Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Peugeot, Toyota, and others, all fighting for victory!
This great comeback in endurance is made possible by the implementation ofa budget cap in F1. In order not to lay off its engineers, the Scuderia therefore directs them towards other projects, including endurance.
F1 drivers at the 24 Hours?
Ferrari specifies that the drivers, the name of the car, and the test schedule will be announced soon. We can imagine seeing some drivers of the Ferrari endurance subsidiary, such as Antonio Giovinazzi or Kimi Räkkönen, who could no longer be in F1 by 2023, or even, why not, his stars Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, if the calendar permits. Ferrari also has many endurance pilots via the private teams who hire the 488 GTE.
Ferrari has not announced that it wants to produce a road version of its hypercar: it is indeed no longer mandatory.
Roll on 2023!
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