Hydrogen prototypes and GT3: Le Mans looks to the future |  FormulaPassion.it

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With the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021 now archived not without emotions and with incredible twists, the most famous endurance race in the world is preparing to immediately turn its gaze to the immediate future: after the absolute debut of the Hypercar, with the success of Toyota, the Japanese company will be called upon to defend itself from increasingly fierce competition as early as next season. In the newborn category (replacement of the now old LMP1), the Peugeot, with the French ready and hoping to be able to triumph at home.

Great attention and curiosity also addressed to 2023, year which will coincide with centenary of the competition: for the occasion, the participation of other high-level brands such as Ferrari, Acura, Audi and Porsche has already been confirmed, with advanced negotiations to be able to bring other prestigious brands such as Alpine, BMW and Cadillac to Le Mans.

But in the same year, however, there will also be the last participation of the class GTE, introduced in 2011 and increasingly declining in terms of number of participants. The latter will then be replaced by a new rule-based category GT3, with an epochal turning point in the world of WEC: it, starting from 2024, will therefore take to the track at Le Mans with simpler and cheaper cars, already used for other international GT competitions such as, among others, the DTM.

Attention then to the edition of 2025, which will also see the official introduction of the first category reserved for cars powered by ad hydrogen: “The target – said the president of the ACO in this regard Pierre Fillonis that they can race for absolute victory. Many people don’t think it’s possible, but when Audi announced it would come to Le Mans with a diesel, many smiled at that too, and then in the end they won ”. Still on the subject of alternative energy sources, the 2022 edition will finally see the full participation of cars powered by a special biofuel, in turn obtained from wine residues and other sustainable products.

FP | Alessandro Prada

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