Ferrari has confirmed that in 2023 they will return to the highest category of sports car prototypes and the legendary 24h Le Mans race in the new Le Mans Hypercar category which will debut in the WEC Championship this year.
To reduce the cost of the extremely expensive LPM1 category the 2021 World Endurance Racing Championship (WEC) has established the Le Mans Hypercar category which is the new highest category of the championship. In 2023, for the first time since 1973, Ferrari will compete for the overall 24h victory at Le Mans as a factory team, and participation in the championship in the highest category has so far been confirmed by Toyota, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, and ByKolles (from 2021) and Peugeot (from 2022 .).
In addition to cars under LMH rules, which allow freedom in car design, there is an alternative, cheaper entry into the Hypercar category from 2022 through LMDh rules with cars sharing technology with LMP2 prototypes (choice between four chassis manufacturers), and for the competitiveness of all participants A performance balancing system (BoP) will be specially developed.
Audi, Porsche, and Acura (Honda) have also confirmed entry into the 2023 LHM category with their LMDh prototypes. "After a period of study and analysis, Ferrari has begun developing a new LMH car that has been in the design and simulation phases in recent weeks," Ferrari said in a statement.
"The test program on the track, the name of the car, and the drivers who will make up the official crews will be part of future announcements." "Fifty years after last participating in the top class of the 1973 World SportsCar Championship, Ferrari will be on the track in the Hypercar class of the FIA WEC Championship, which we proactively helped establish."
"We have a respectable record in closed-wheel competitions with 24 world titles (latest 2017 in the GT category) and 36 wins at the 24h Le Mans." Ferrari president John Elkann also announced Ferrari’s return to Le Mans.
“In more than 70 years of racing around the world, we have led our closed-wheel cars to victory by exploring advanced technological solutions: innovations that come off the track and make every road car produced in Maranello exceptional,” said Elkann.
"With the new Le Mans Hypercar program, Ferrari once again emphasizes their sporting commitment and determination to be the protagonist in major global motorsport events."