2023 is going to be a good year. The FIA World Endurance Championship and North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will have a new class open to Hypercars with a hybrid powertrain.
Porsche has announced that it is working towards having a racing prototype for the 2023 season as has Audi, Honda and most recently the team that every racing Championship wants – Ferrari.
Following a period of study and analysis, Ferrari has kicked off the development of the new LMH car to include in recent weeks the design and simulation phases.
Fifty years after its last official participation in the premier class of the World Sports Car Championship in 1973, Ferrari will take to the track in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which it proactively helped to establish.
Ferrari President John Elkann commented: “In over 70 years of racing, on tracks all over the world, we led our closed-wheel cars to victory by exploring cutting-edge technological solutions: innovations that arise from the track and make every road car produced in Maranello extraordinary. With the new Le Mans Hypercar programme, Ferrari once again asserts its sporting commitment and determination to be a protagonist in the major global motorsport events”.
It will be fantastic to see these might manufacturers battling it out for an overall win at Le Mans again.
Lamborghini has revealed its limited edition track-only hypercar – the SCV12. Touted as the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 ever fitted to a Lamborghini model with over 830hp, it packs an old school punch.
Designed by the brand’s in-house Lamborghini Centro Stile and taking the expertise from its race team, Lamborghini Squadra Corse to add some big wings to add aerodynamic efficiency and give it more downforce than a GT3 car.
Just looking at the SCV12, you know it means business, the front bonnet has a double air intake and central rib to direct airflow to the roof scoop. This increases the air pressure in the engine’s intake manifolds increasing the airflow in the engine and in turn cranking up the power figures.
Everywhere you look on this car, each panel has been moulded to be more aerodynamically efficient. Look at the huge front splitter and those lateral flicks and vertical fins and not to mention, the custom built carbon fibre rear wing.
It isn’t just the panels that have been built specifically for the SCV12, the new carbon fibre chassis allows for a greater power-to-weight ratio too. This Lamborghini is only rear wheel drive, which may come as a blessing to some and that monstrous V12 is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox that forms part of the structure of the chassis by reducing weight and enhancing weight distribution.
If you are lucky enough to purchase one of these limited hypercars, you will form part of an exclusive club. Members will participate in advanced driving programmes at some of the world’s most prestigious circuits, with the technical assistance of Squadra Corse engineers and the special tutoring of Emanuele Pirro, five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Lamborghini Squadra Corse Special Projects Consultant.