Ferrari’s new LMH race car will debut on October 30, the Italian company announced on Wednesday. The debut will take place during Ferrari’s annual Finali Mondiali event commemorating the end of the motorsport season, which this year will take place at Italy’s Imola circuit.
Ferrari offers a teasing first look at the car in July and since then we have saw some testing going on, although always heavily camouflaged. Ferrari has not provided any information, although rumors indicate that the V-6 engine and hybrid setup are similar to those found in the 296 GTB as power source. Regulations require a maximum power of 670 horsepower.
As an LMH driver, the car qualifies for both the FIA World Endurance Championship’s existing Hypercar class and the new GTP class launching next year as the new top class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. Ferrari has so far announced only one Committed to the World Endurance Championshipwhose highlight is 24 Hours of Le Mans, although its LMH can still appear at some SportsCar Championship rounds, such as the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Ferrari’s participation next year in the Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship will mark Ferrari’s return to the pinnacle of endurance racing after half a century, when the automaker last competed against the 312 PB.
Teaser for Ferrari Le Mans 2023 supercar
Next year will also be the first year that LMH vehicles compete with cars developed to meet LMDh’s own regulations. LMDh cars also qualify for both Hypercar and GTP classes, with a balance of performance to be used to ensure a level playing field.
Acura, BMW car, Cadillac, Porsche and Alpine committed to LMDh, while ByKolles, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, Toyota, in addition to Ferrari, has committed to LMH. Audi agreed to join LMDh in 2023 but in August announced the cancellation of those plans to focus on expected to join F1 in 2026. Lamborghini will join the LMDh war in 2024.
Ferrari does not run the campaign alone. The automaker’s Competizioni GT motorsport division has teamed up with AF Corse for the campaign, forming the new Ferrari team – AF Corse. AF Corse is an independent Italian racing team founded by former driver Amato Ferrari (no relation to Enzo Ferrari or his son, Piero) in 1995. It has worked closely with Ferrari since 2006. and has in recent years represented Ferrari in GT competition, most notably in the GTE class of the World Endurance Championship.
Following the Opening event at Florida’s Sebring International Circuit on March 11-12, the first round of the 2023 World Endurance Championship will begin on March 17 with 1000 Sebring Miles.
Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct release date.