Ferrari has confirmed today, that they are on the road to an LMH programme.
The Italian car manufacturer will enter the Hypercar category, which is the new top category for sportscars in the ACO world.
The news is finally confirmed, after many months of rumours, where especially Porsche has pushed on, to make Ferrari advance from GTE to Hypercar in 2023.
That will most likely mean the demise of GTE Pro following 2022, but there is no end date to GTE Am just yet. They are running older spec cars anyway, so there is an opportunity for those to continue, if the drivers still want to race the cars.
Ferrari has chosen to go for LMH, where they can manufacture both engines and chassis themselves, plus a free choice of two- or four-wheel-drive, and if they want to be hybrid or non-hybrid. It will most likely be a hybrid car, since they already have experience in that regard from their Formula 1 programme.
2023 with both be the 100 years of the first running of the 24 Hours Of Le Mans, and 70 years since Ferrari last participated in the top category in the Le Mans race.
There is no news about the number of cars, but no doubt that all their works GT drivers want to have a go. The majority of them are under 40 years old and has a background from single-seaters, which is the perfect mix of young and experienced drivers, with Nicklas Nielsen being the youngest driver currently in the programme. But he has already started his third season in sportscar car racing at the very highest level of them all.
Ferrari will join Toyota Gazoo Racing, Glickenhaus and Peugeot as LMH manufacturers, in addition to Audi, Porsche and Acura in LMDh, which is an LMP2 car with their own specific bodywork and a standard hybrid power train.