Ferrari Considering a Return to the Le Mans LMP1 Class
After Porsche chose to make its return to Le Mans, it is now Ferrari’s turn to consider the same comeback. According to the German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport Ferrari executives will make a final decision on its possible return to the LMP1 Prototype class of the LeMans Series. If the return is approved, Ferrari could race the 24-hour race as early as 2015.
An official Maranello team entered the LMP1 sports prototype class of Le Mans for the last time back in 1973 and since then, Ferrari has only participated in the GT class.
This is not the first time Rumors have swirled about Ferrari making a comeback to the Le Mans LMP1 class; recently, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said that the new 1.6-liter turbo engine that will be used on the Formula 1 cars next year "would allow some interesting projects." That quote sparked plenty of rumors that these "interesting projects" may include an LMP1 model, as said 1.6-liter engine would be fairly easy to adapt for use in an LMP1 prototype.
The company is already testing the LMP1 Race Car and it could serve as basis for the next Le Mans prototype.
Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’ history at LeMans.
Ferrari at LeMans
The 24 Hours of Le Mans race was held for the first time in 1923 and in just a few years it brought together the world’s most famous automakers. In its first years, the race was dominated by Bugatti, Bentley and Alfa Romeo. In 1939, the race went on a 10-year hiatus and upon its return in 1949, Ferrari scored its first victory with a166MM driven by Luigi Chinetti and Lord Selsdon.
Ferrari won the race again in 1954 when José Froilán González and Maurice Trintignant were driving a 375 Plus. In 1958 it scored another victory in a 250 TR58 driven by Olivier Gendebien and States Phil Hill. Between 1960 and 1965 Ferrari scored six consecutive wins, with the one from 1965 being the last one.