Record Entrants in Top Class: 10+ Years
This centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a significant one, with 16 vehicles enrolled in the premier Hypercar class, Motorsport.com confirmed.
A total of twenty-seven vehicles have inked up for the forthcoming double-points round of the World Endurance Championship; three more than what has been registered to race throughout the entire season. This is also the highest amount that the foremost class has experienced since 2011. Scheduled to take place on 10-11 June, this will be when LMDh prototypes collide with Le Mans Hypercar racers.
Porsche Penske Motorsport has seen fit to enter an extra LMDh 963 vehicle into the fray, reversing their prior declaration that they wouldn’t put forward any entries vying in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
In a statement, Cadillac has disclosed its determination to the illustrious endurance race, in addition to the WEC auto operated by Chip Ganassi Racing with two IMSA LMDh cars. We spotted the designs for the V-LMDh earlier this year and they are just as alluring as the machine itself.
Glickenhaus has several entries in the game, one of which would be additional support for the 007 LMH fitted with an engine from Pipo Moteurs, a French producer. This 3.5-litre V8 carries a rev limit at 9,000 rpm, promising to create a beautiful sound as it goes up against powerhouses such as Toyota and Ferrari. Joining them in the Hypercar class this season are esteemed marks like Peugeot, Toyota, and Vanwall.
If unusual and exotic contraptions not likely to be seen elsewhere do not grab your interest, the GTE Am category may be more your style. Here, one can find the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo competing. If that is still too extravagant for your palate, Garage 56 will enlist a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 built on a Next Gen NASCAR Cup racer. In all, 62 vehicles have entered this endurance race.
At the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, Acura put in a stellar performance while Cadillac was just off their pace. BMW and Porsche experienced some difficulty however their main target remains to make an impression at Le Mans. It is to be hoped that all of the racing squads have settled any persistent difficulties so that come June we can view thrilling battles.