IMOLA, ITALY—After a break of 50 years, Ferrari is returning to top-level endurance racing with a brand new hybrid prototype race automotive. It is known as the 499P, and in 2023 Ferrari will marketing campaign a pair of vehicles within the World Endurance Championship, a collection with the 24 Hours of Le Mans as its crown jewel.
As I’ve written earlier than, 2023 goes to be an thrilling time for followers of prototype racing. After the cubic megabucks-era of LMP1h collapsed underneath the burden of unsustainable budgets, the highest class of the World Endurance Championship has spent a number of years within the doldrums as Toyota confronted minimal opposition from a lot smaller groups. However the Car Membership de l’Ouest (which runs the Le Mans race) has a brand new ruleset now, known as LMH (Le Mans Hypercar), designed to draw the curiosity of automakers by retaining prices sane—€30 million versus the €80-200 million that LMP1h price—and, with much less reliance on aerodynamic downforce, permitting for a better visible hyperlink to their road-going merchandise.
And up to now, it is working. Toyota was first to LMH with its GR010, adopted by boutique producer Glickenhaus, then this 12 months noticed Peugeot ease its manner again into to endurance racing with its new 9X8—nonetheless not sporting a rear wing—forward of a full marketing campaign in 2023. However none of these manufacturers have fairly the identical magic as Ferrari. Although it final received Le Mans outright in 1965, it nonetheless has extra of these general wins (9) than Toyota (5) and Peugeot (three) mixed, trailing simply Audi (13) and Porsche (19).
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