Ferrari will return back to the top class of Le Mans endurance racing in a Le Mans Hypercar outfit from the 2023 FIA WEC season.
The Italian supercar manufacturer confirmed the rumours on social media to pursue a LMH factory project for 2023.
John Elkann, Ferrari President said: “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…”
“With the new Le Mans Hypercar programme, Ferrari once again asserts its sporting commitment and determination to be a protagonist in the major global motorsport events.”
“This is great news,” Porsche Motorsport reacted on Twitter as they will join them at Le Mans in 2023.
“We are waiting for you at 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans to write another chapter in the great Porsche vs Ferrari story.”
Their AF Corse (GTE-Pro) outfit has raced in the WEC since its beginnings in 2012, claiming three 24 Hours of Le Mans class-victories in 2012, 2014 and 2019.
The team have won four WEC-GTE Pro titles in the modern era, but nine Le Mans wins in the 1950s and 1960s were historically notable.
Ferrari also pursued numerous endurance efforts in GTO, LMP900, as well as in GT2/GTE cars.
The GTE-Pro category has faced a decline of interest due to the unique nature of financial consumption of the cars/programs that they feature.
IMSA’s replacement of GTLM with GTD-Pro (based on manufacturer GT3 outfits), GTE will face its demise in a manufacturer Le Mans appearance over the coming years.
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