what impact will the rebirth of resistance have?

The centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023 and the harmonization of technical regulations on both sides of the Atlantic herald a new golden age … to the point of eclipsing F1?

In two weeks in Monza, the WEC (World Endurance Championship) will be renewed thanks to the great return of Peugeot with its spectacular 9X8 that will debut at the fast Milan racetrack where we will be curious to discover its aerodynamic qualities, which is without fins!

Peugeot leads the WEC from Monza.

The Sochaux manufacturer, however, had planted well the nascent world long-distance competition in 2012, when the 908 Hdi was withdrawn at the last minute, leaving the only Audis (and finally Toyota through the back door) registered at the first edition of the WEC, before Porsche returned in 2014.

The Peugeot 9X8 impresses without a rear spoiler.

Since then, water has flowed under the bridges and, after three good years of fighting between Audi, Toyota and Porsche (back with the 919 Hybrid), the sudden withdrawal of the two German brands had again beheaded the championship in 2018, leaving the Japanese. only in the first category for five long seasons.

Toyota has been without competition for five years.

Fortunately, an in-depth rethink has allowed the expected rapprochement between the WEC and the American competition IMSA with the creation of a common regulation for the prototypes LMDh (hybrid of Le Mans Daytona) and the Hypercar category to replace the LMP1 in the world championship.

Porsche returns with the 963 for a dual program.

Both types of competition cars will be subject to a BoP (Balance of Performance) to equalize their chances, which is certainly squaring the circle … The announcement of this new regulation and the approach of the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023 allowed endurance races to be filled with competitors for the first time in a quarter of a century.

The very stylish Cadillac will be in Daytona and Le Mans.

Even Ferrari will be there next year at the Sarthe, fifty years after its last participation for victory in the overall standings (with 312 PB trays). Maranello has chosen the Hypercar category for its reappearance, as have Peugeot, Toyota and the American artisan Glickenhaus. On the other hand, Porsche and Cadillac will participate in LMDh from 2023 at Le Mans, along with BMW, Acura, Lamborghini and Alpine in 2024. Don’t throw any more, the cup is full!

Lamborghini will make common cause with Ligier in 2024.

All good news, then, and a new golden age of resistance in perspective, but with one drawback: once the breath of the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans passes, manufacturers will continue to be so diligent, especially those who do not they will do. claim victory? The past sheds light on this annoying habit of big brands coming and going according to their own agenda.

BMW will be present on both sides of the Atlantic.

The current electric revolution in the sector will undoubtedly dictate certain options and the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has understood this well in establishing an experimental category from 2025 for hydrogen-powered cars, the fuel of the future. ?

We bet that Le Mans will thus recover its letters of nobility and the race its vocation of laboratory, although the great classic one of Le Mans tends to swallow the rest of the championship concentrating most of the media repercussion.

Mission H24: a prototype of hydrogen for 2025!

What influence will this rebirth of resistance in Formula 1 have? Probably insignificant insofar as the Grand Prix has never been so popular and economically profitable since the takeover of the business by Americans from Liberty Media.

Long-term events will always suffer from a crippling handicap compared to F1: its format does not lend itself to live TV broadcasting for a large audience, the only guarantee of real global impact.

The Ferrari Hypercar has not yet left the forest …

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