A camouflaged model of Ferrari’s Le Mans Hypercar race automotive being developed for the 2023 season of the World Endurance Championship was proven final week and has since been spending every day operating laps on the Fiorano check observe in Maranello, Italy.
A video launched by Ferrari on Tuesday reveals a number of the testing. The primary few assessments targeting checking the powertrain and related electronics, rumored to be a V-6 and hybrid setup much like what’s discovered within the 296 GTB.
Alessandro Pier Guidi, a double world champion within the GT lessons of the World Endurance Championship, was joined by Andrea Bertolini, Nicklas Nielsen and Davide Rigon for the assessments.
“It was an actual honor to be one of many first drivers to drive this glorious automotive,” Rigon mentioned in an announcement. “It’s an actual Ferrari, in each sense. Proper from its first acceleration, it offers you nice confidence, has good braking, nice dealing with and feels good behind the wheel.”
As a LMH racer, the automotive is eligible for each the present Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship and the brand new GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) class launching subsequent yr as the brand new prime class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. Ferrari up to now has solely introduced a dedication to the World Endurance Championship, whose spotlight is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, although its LMH might nonetheless seem at choose SportsCar Championship rounds, such because the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Subsequent yr may even be the primary through which LMH vehicles additionally compete in opposition to vehicles developed to satisfy the separate LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) design guidelines. LMDh vehicles are additionally eligible for each the Hypercar and GTP lessons, with stability of efficiency for use to make sure a degree enjoying area.
Acura, Alpine, Audi (possibly), BMW, Cadillac and Porsche are all dedicated to LMDh, whereas ByKolles, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, and Toyota are all dedicated to LMH, together with Ferrari. Lamborghini additionally introduced in Could that it’s going to be a part of the LMDh fold in 2024.
Ferrari is not operating its marketing campaign alone. The automaker’s Competizioni GT sports activities automotive racing division has partnered up with AF Corse for the marketing campaign, forming the brand new crew Ferrari – AF Corse. AF Corse is an unbiased Italian racing crew based by former racing driver Amato Ferrari (no relation to Enzo Ferrari or his son Piero) in 1995. It is labored carefully with Ferrari since 2006, and in recent times has represented Ferrari in GT competitors, most notably within the GTE class of the World Endurance Championship.