Powerful engineering | Le Mans auto legends
For the last few years, the pinnacle of Endurance Racing, the 24 Hour of Le Mans has been dominated by the LMP1 class. These hybrid-powered hyper racers tackle the 8 and a half miles of pavement at Circuit de la Sarthe for 24 hours of brutal racing. Lately, this class has been predominantly major manufacturers. Audi won multiple times over the years, then we saw Porsche return to the French race where it collected more podiums. Most recently the win came back to a Japanese manufacturer for the first time in decades when Toyota won their first event.
As time passes, the exuberant costs of these machines have seen many manufacturers pull away from the top tier of the Endurance Championship. First Audi, then Porsche leaving only Toyota atop the heap.
Now though, a new class of top tier is coming in the form of the Hypercar and LMDH classes.
Not only are the above teams entering into this new class, but long-time absentee team Ferrari will be making a return along with newcomer of SCG as well as many others. Peugeot, Cadillac, Acura, and BMW to name a few.
With these new regulations we are seeing a wave of new competition enter the endurance racing scene. Brand new competitors are going to be testing their mettle and engineering against stalwarts with proven methods alongside long stagnant champions in the coming months and years.