Ferrari will return to the top flight of persistence racing with a hypercar entry in 2023, competing for outright Le Mans 24 Hours victory for the first time in 50 years, the Italian marque said on Wednesday.
Ferrari final entered the top class at Le Mans in 1973 and rivals will include Toyota, Peugeot, Porsche and Audi among well-known producers.
The Hypercar class replaces the outdated LMP1 in persistence racing.
Ferrari has gained Le Mans outright nine times but no longer since 1965, when it fought a renowned fight with Ford on the Sarthe circuit in western France. The marque has tasted success more unbiased no longer too long ago in GT racing, winning the 2019 GTE Pro class.
“With the new Le Mans Hypercar programme, Ferrari as soon as again asserts its sporting dedication and determination to be a protagonist in the well-known international motorsport occasions,” said Ferrari president John Elkann in an announcement.
The title of the Ferrari car and the drivers non-public yet to be announced.
Ferrari non-public been looking for diverse activities in which to redeploy workers as a Formula One budget cap takes attain and the game’s oldest and most a hit team is forced to slim down.
Some technical workers non-public already moved during to work with the Haas F1 team, who employ Ferrari engines and non-public a shut partnership with Maranello. Ferrari in truth non-public a thriving younger driver academy with persistence racing yet any other arena for them to gain journey.