The motorsport bodies ACO, FIA and IMSA has agreed on full Hypercar convergence allowing Le Mans Hypercars to also race in North America.
Hypercars, featuring both Le Mans Hypercars (LMH) and Le Mans Daytona Hypercars (LMDh), will race in a joint top class in 2023.
This will be across both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Outfits of this top-tier category can pursue the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and full participation in both full seasons (if they choose to do so).
Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, said: “This major announcement stems from our ambition to forge a common future for endurance racing.
“We have all worked together to achieve this landmark agreement and I would like to thank all the stakeholders very sincerely. It is wonderful news for teams and fans alike and maps out a bright future for endurance.
“The manufacturers dreamed of being able to participate in the greatest endurance races in the world with the same model of a car – this will now be reality.”
Constructors will embrace this opportunity with LMHs already in the WEC, and IMSA replacing their outgoing top class, DPi, with LMDh from 2023.
- Porsche and Penske collaborate for LMDh endeavours in WEC and IMSA
- Ferrari continue AF Corse partnership into 2023 Hypercar project
- Porsche and Audi partner up with Multimatic as LMDh chassis manufacturer
“What we achieved as a group a few weeks ago in Paris has the potential to revolutionise prototype sports car racing all over the world,” said John Doonan, IMSA President.
“The stage is set for a highly competitive top category that will include many of the world’s greatest automotive manufacturers, showcasing relevant technology in the world’s most prestigious endurance races.
“Collectively, we have an opportunity to engage with the next generation of endurance sports car racing fans and elevate our sport to the highest levels.
“I cannot be prouder of the spirit of collaboration between our IMSA team, our colleagues at the ACO and FIA, and all of our automotive partners.”
General Motors are expected to announce their Hypercar program in the upcoming weeks.
To read the full technical details on this convergence, see here.