Ferrari has unveiled the first look of its Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) set to race in the top class of the 2023 World Endurance Championship after months of planning, development, and simulation. The marque has published a still image of the prototype, and Two-time WEC world champion Alessandro Pier Guidi was seen completing the LMH’s shakedown at Ferrari’s Fiorano circuit last week, followed by various test drivers taking turns during the development test sessions.
The prototype is wrapped in camouflage as expected, but its aesthetic presence is still very much in tune with the Prancing Horse style. A huge rear wing is connected to three prominent fins, while an additional wing sits underneath. The LMH has been developed and produced entirely in-house, from the body to the chassis, with four-wheel-drive and hybrid power to the front wheels.
The 2023 World Endurance Championship will mark Ferrari’s return to the top endurance class 50 years after it walked away in 1973. Toyota, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, and Peugeot are also confirmed to race in the Hypercar class in 2023 utilising LMH race cars, and they will be joined by Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) contenders from BMW, Porsche, Acura, and Cadillac. The difference between LMH and LMDh is that the teams racing in LMH have more freedom tailoring technical aspects of the cars, while the chassis and hybrid systems are specified for LMDh cars with a capped cost. A Balance of the performance systems will be applied to allow the two types of contenders to compete against each other fairly.