This past Friday, at the Weissach test track, Porsche rolled-out its new LMDh prototype. Intended for both WEC and IMSA series, the car will be ready later this year. According to Motorsport.com, Team Penske will be responsible for the factory effort in both series in 2023.
For a Porsche fanboy AND a Le Mans nut, that is great news 😎.
On December 10th Mercedes posted a tribute to the great Stirling Moss, who left us on April 12th, last year. Just imagine, to see (and hear!) his fabulous 300 SLR #722 running around the streets of London…
On the 24 Heures du Mans’ official page today they posted an article with all the brands that will participate in the Hypercar class starting in 2022. From Acura to Toyota, the list is quite long. And to be honest, until now, I wasn’t aware of all those manufacturers. Of course there’s a long road ahead until we arrive at Le Mans next year, however things do look good.
Will Toyota win again? Or will Glickenhaus and Alpine have a chance? Once again Toyota is the favorite, however with the good results of the Glickenhaus 007 LMH during tests maybe we’ll have an interesting race. Nothing against Toyota, but it would be nice to see an underdog come on top.
According to Jalopnik, Lamborghini will have a car in LMDh. Therefore, there finally may be a Raging Bull racing as a factory effort at Le Mans! Looks like it will use the same chassis and engine as Porsche and Audi (built by Multimac), however with different bodies, of course.
In June I was bemoaning about Lamborghini NOT having a race heritage. So, will the cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese finally become born-and-bread racers? Hope so.
I’m a HUGE fan of Christian von Koenigsegg’s masterpieces. The Jesko is the latest. Unveiled in the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, according to him it’s almost ready for production. On the video above he shows a little bit more of the beast, and it’s just flabbergasting. Honestly, I don’t think you can go more bonkers than this.
Today Peugeot officially revealed their new hypercar, the 9X8. The French manufacturer didn’t offer much in terms of specs, however the new 9X8 will be hybrid. The rear wheels are powered by a 2.6-liter V6, with 680 hp (500 kW), while the front wheels will be powered by a 200 kW electric motor. Perhaps the most striking characteristic of the new car is that it doesn’t have a rear wing (!). Hopefully we will see the new beast at La Sarthe in 2022.
Only in 2023, but then we will have a Porsche LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) car! I read the news on Jalopnik this afternoon, when they posted a link to Porsche’s Twitter page. According to both sources, Porsche will indeed be back to La Sarthe, with a brand new 1000 kg hybrid car with around 680 hp of power. After all the bad news lately with the LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) class, I confess I was feeling a bit bleak about the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But with the recent good news coming from Audi and Porsche, things look a lot brighter.
Yep, looks like it! According to Jalopnik, earlier today the manufacturer announced that it would be back at Le Mans. They will build a new LMDh car and starting in 2022 will compete in the WEC and IMSA series. So far Audi is the only big name confirmed for the new LMDh class at La Sarthe, but we can hope it will not be the only one.
On this 18th Lamborghini officially revealed the new Huracán STO. The STO (Super Trofeo Omologata) is basically a street legal version of the Huracán Super Trofeo, Lamborghini’s model for their exclusive championship series. Based on the regular Huracán Evo, the STO uses the same V10 engine and chassis. Obviously though, the STO is lighter and more powerful.
I think it looks A-W-E-S-O-M-E and I really wish one of the nice (and affordable) brands release it in 1:43 😍