Thursday, 1 August 2013

Ferrari to return to Le Mans in 2015?

Ferrari are rumoured to be considering a return to LMP1 competition. A report in Germany's Auto Motor Und Sport suggests that the Prancing Horse could return to La Sarthe as soon as 2015.

The Italian marque, which has 9 overall victories at Le Mans, has not competed in the premier class there since 1973 and hasn't won the race outright since 1965. That was the year before Ford's dominant six year winning streak in the iconic GT40. Since then Ferrari has been represented in the GT classes since then by privateers and the factory supported AF Corse squad.

The new LMP1 regulations, which will come into force next year, have already attracted fresh manufacturer interest and the possibility of sharing engines and hybrid systems with their Formula One effort is said to appeal to Ferrari as it would allow them to spread out the development costs for the new powerplant.

Scuderia Ferrari CEO Stefano Domenicali, who oversees the company's racing activities, is thought to have hinted at a Le Mans comeback when he stated last month that the new 1.4 litre V6 Formula One Engine could be used for 'some interesting projects'.

Whilst it is only a rumour at the moment, a decision from Ferrari is thought to be imminent. 
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