Ferrari unveil first works Le Mans automotive for 50 years

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Ferrari 499P is the primary elite class sportscar for the reason that 312 P mannequin 50 years in the past

Ferrari have unveiled their first works sportscar to compete at Le Mans for greater than 50 years.

The 499P was launched on Saturday for subsequent yr’s Le Mans 24 Hours race and World Endurance Championship.

The game launched a brand new ‘hypercar’ class final yr attracting a number of massive producers again to endurance racing.

Ferrari chairman John Elkann mentioned: “The 499 P sees us embark on a path of innovation and improvement trustworthy to our custom.”

The brand new class additionally sees Peugeot, Porsche, Cadillac and others return in 2023 to affix Toyota, after organisers promised extra design freedom for the vehicles, most of which will likely be hybrid energy.

The 2023 season additionally coincides with Le Mans’ a hundredth anniversary.

Ferrari’s 499P – categorised as LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) – will likely be four-wheel drive, with a twin-turbo-charged V6 engine and an electrical energy unit delivering 500kW of energy.

Elkann added: “We return to compete for outright victory within the WEC sequence. We see the observe as the perfect terrain to push the boundaries of cutting-edge technological options that in time will likely be transferred to our street vehicles.”

Ferrari usually compete in a number of international sportscar sequence, however final entered as a works crew 50 years in the past throughout the seventies, when sportscar racing was featured in Steve McQueen’s movie Le Mans.

World Endurance Championship CEO Frederic Lequien instructed BBC Sport: “By no means in historical past has endurance racing been so shiny.

“These new rules allow automotive producers to have freedom of design and now we have now improbable vehicles. It is a return to the historical past of Ferrari competing in opposition to Peugeot, Porsche and Cadillac – we have now finest automotive producers on the earth and we’re very pleased about that.”

Together with lots of the different producers set for involvement within the hypercar class, it’s not but recognized who will drive the 499P subsequent yr.

The seven-race World Endurance Championship sequence has additionally launched a renewable bio-fuel, 65% of which is constructed from renewable sources.

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