Peugeot, Ferrari, Porsche …: Which manufacturers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023 and the celebration of the centenary?

They will be safe

Toyota would have been wrong to leave now. The manufacturer has dominated the event since the departure of Audi and Porsche and will be, from this experience, one of the favorites for the centenary. The doubt is more about the presence of Sébastien Ogier in his ranks. Which could push him to put in a third car.

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One of the most anticipated returns. A long-awaited moment at Le Mans for the 90th edition, the Lion brand has chosen to postpone its participation to 2023. Objective: to ensure the reliability and good performance of the 9×8, its hypercar with a sensational look and concept. Triple winner at Le Mans, Peugeot will launch the adventure this summer, at 6 Hours of Monza.

The Peugeot 9×8

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It was a symbol that Ferrari could not miss. 9 times crowned at Le Mans, the legendary Italian team had left the first category in 1973. Half a century later, the Cavallet Rampant will celebrate its centenary with a machine that will be announced in the coming weeks, probably outside the 6. Hours of Monza, and that should share some points in common with the F1-75 of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

  • Porsche
  • (LMDh category *)

The record holder will also be there. A 19-time winner at Le Mans, the Stuttgart legend was convinced by the new regulations, just six years after keeping his 919 Hybrid in the museum. The German firm has opted for a Multimatic chassis and has not yet revealed the name of its assembly, which has appeared camouflaged here and there, even in the Sarthe. He should appear in competition at the end of the season, in Fuji or Bahrain, then in Daytona.

  • Cadillac
  • (LMDh category)

There will surely be an American giant in the Sarthe for the centenary. Twenty-one years after its last participation, Cadillac will arrive with an attractive GTP, equipped with a brand new V8 and mounted on a Dallara chassis.

They still doubt

  • Glickenhaus
  • (LMH category)

Will Jim Glickenhaus once again try to resist the big manufacturers? The American businessman has questioned. Mainly because the global economic situation and rising inflation are even more detrimental to its “small” private structure.

Romain Dumas driving the Glickenhaus 007 during free practice 2 at Le Mans 2022

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  • Aston Martin
  • (LMH category)

Lawrence Stroll, owner of the brand, repeats it over and over again: “the race to the blood“And Aston Martin was a pioneer in the Hypercars industry, having developed the sumptuous Valkyrie. But the manufacturer’s financial situation remains fragile and F1 remains a priority.

Honda’s US subsidiary, Acura, has already developed the ARX-06, at an Oreca base, which it will launch at IMSA. But for now, it still remains vague about a turnout at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023 … or later. Perhaps for lack of sporting and financial certainty.

Like Acura, BMW has prepared for IMSA with the M Hybrid, equipped with a V8 and based on a Dallara chassis. For now, his participation in Le Mans in 2023 seems very unlikely. 2024 is a more credible eventuality. So far, the Bavarian firm has not made any official announcements about the Sarthoise event.

  • McLaren
  • (LMDh category)

McLaren and CEO Zak Brown have a weak point for 24 hours. Already occupied in various tables (F1, Formula E, Indycar …), the firm Woking could be led to make decisions to afford the prestige of the Le Mans event. It won’t be 2023. But maybe later.

They’ll be back … later

To continue its development, the French firm no longer wants to settle for outsourcing its chassis and engines. That’s why the brand with the A logo will be temporarily removed from the royal category in 2023, to return with a 100% blue-white-red car the following season. In the meantime, it could settle for LMP2.

  • Lamborghini
  • (LMDh category)

This is still a very cool announcement: Lambo is tempted by the most prestigious endurance races to accelerate the development of technologies for its production models. The Bologna firm, which had always moved away from the first category, chose Ligier for its chassis. And he made an appointment in 2024.

They backed away

Audi has officially suspended its 24-hour development program. Unofficially, the German manufacturer has given up and chooses to leave the field open to the other subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, Porsche, to focus on its return to Formula 1 scheduled for 2026.

*LMH or LMDh, what’s the difference?

The “Le Mans Hypercars” on the one hand, the “Le Mans Daytona Hypercars” on the other. These two denominations will form the queen category of resistance, but they result from a skillful strategy developed to convince as many manufacturers as possible.

  • At LMH, brands are free to design their car from A to Z within the limits of the specifications (total power of 680 horsepower maximum, minimum weight 1030 kg, etc.).
  • At LMDh, the chassis of all cars come from FIA suppliers (Dallara, Ligier, Oreca, Multimatic) as well as hybrid systems. Manufacturers only design their own engine and aerodynamic package, and can compete in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) as well as the American Championship (IMSA). This allows them to reduce costs.

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