Ferrari has announced it will enter the new Le Mans Hyperclass programme in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship from 2023.

The Italian manufacturer has committed to return to the top flight of endurance racing, including the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours, with a factory programme and will build its own hypercar.

Ferrari will join Toyota, Peugeot, Glickenhaus and ByKolles in developing an LMH car to compete in the world championship from 2023, while Audi, Porsche and Acura have each confirmed LMDh programmes.

“In over 70 years of racing we have brought our cars with covered wheels to triumph on tracks all over the world, experimenting with cutting-edge technological solutions: innovations that come from the circuits and make every road car produced in Maranello,” said Ferrari President John Elkann.

“With the new Le Mans Hypercar program, Ferrari relaunches its sporting commitment and confirms its will to be a protagonist in the world motorsport championships of excellence.”

Ferrari has not claimed an outright victory at Le Mans in over half a century, with its last and ninth overall triumph coming in 1965.

Since then, Ferrari has largely concentred its efforts on the GT classes in WEC, with the AF Corse works outfit claiming GTE Pro wins at Le Mans in 2012, 2014 and most recently in 2019.

Having focused its resources on its Formula 1 operation for much of the 21st century, Ferrari revealed last year it was open to exploring further racing programmes in WEC or IndyCar alongside F1 following the introduction of a budget cap in the sport.

 

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