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WEC Hypercar at a glance – WEC-Magazin

WEC Hypercar at a glance – WEC-Magazin
26 Şubat 2024 12:30
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The new WEC Hypercar class is the future of top-class endurance racing. Multiple manufacturers are already racing in the category, with many others heavily rumoured.

In 2021, the WEC replaced its LMP1 category with the Hypercar class. Hypercar is centred on the latest generation of hypercars developed and produced by major manufacturers in recent years. There is significant freedom in the rules, and plenty of creative scope for manufacturers. This makes it possible to create very distinctive racing cars.

From 2023, the Hypercar class will see the addition of cars built under the new LMDh ruleset originating from the United States. LMDh cars feature a spec chassis and standard hybrid unit, electronics and transmission, and therefore less creative freedom in design. On the upside, they are significantly less expensive to build than cars designed to Hypercar regulations.

The current regulations can be found here. The exact specifications for each car class are available on this page. Below we have summarised all officially confirmed information of the single participants.

Current Hypercar competitors

Toyota – Toyota GR010 Hybrid

Image (c) Walter Schruff / WEC-Magazin

Toyota has been competing in the FIA WEC since the very first season, sticking with the world championship for sportscar prototypes through thick and thin. The Japanese manufacturer committed to Hypercar at a relatively early stage and secured the inaugural FIA Hypercar World Endurance Championship in 2021 as well as the 2022 and 2023 titles.

  • Team: Toyota Gazoo Racing
  • Car: Toyota GR010 Hybrid
  • Type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of full-season entries: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with electric motor)
  • Engine: V6 twin turbo (3.5l mid-engined)
  • Engine manufacturer: Toyota (petrol engine) / ASIN AW + DENSO (electric engine)
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (680 HP)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2021

Peugeot – Peugeot 9X8

Image (c) WEC-Magazin

Peugeot returned to the FIA World Endurance Championship at the 2022 6 Hours of Monza. It competed in the 2023 FIA World Endurance as a full-season entry, scoring one podium in Monza.

  • Team: Team Peugeot Totalenergies
  • Name: Peugeot 9×8
  • Type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of full-season entries: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid – called “Hybrid 4” (petrol engine with electric motor)
  • Engine: V6 twin turbo 90 degrees (2.6l)
  • Engine manufacturer: Peugeot
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (680 hp) petrol engine + 200 kW electric motor (700 kW overall)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2022 (Monza)

Porsche – Porsche 963

Image (c) WEC-Magazin

Porsche have built their car according to LMDh regulations and entered the FIA World Endurance Championship for the first time in 2023.

  • Team: Porsche Penske Motorsport
  • Car: Porsche 963
  • Chassis constructor: Multimatic
  • Type: LMDh
  • Number of full-season entries: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with spec hybrid)
  • Engine: Twin-turbo V8
  • Engine manufacturer: Porsche
  • Engine performance: 680 hp (engine and hybrid combined)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2023

Ferrari – Ferrari 499P

Image (c) WEC-Magazin

Ferrari entered the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023 and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in decades. The pair of works-entered cars are joined by a third 499P for 2024.

  • Team: Ferrari AF Corse
  • Name: Ferrari 499P
  • Type: Hypercar
  • Number of full-season entries: 3
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with electric motor)
  • Engine: Twin-turbo V6
  • Engine manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (670 HP)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2023

Cadillac – Cadillac V-Series.R

Image (c) WEC-Magazin

Cadillac came to the FIA World Endurance Championship with its Cadillac V-Series.R in 2023.

  • Team: Cadillac Racing
  • Car: Cadillac V-Series.R
  • Type: LMDh
  • Chassis constructor: Dallara
  • Number of full-season entries: 1
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with spec hybrid)
  • Engine: 5.5l normally aspirated V8
  • Engine manufacturer: General Motors
  • Engine performance: Up to 500 kW
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2023

Isotta Fraschini – Tipo 6 LMH Competizione

Image (c) WEC-Magazin

Little-known Italian manufacturer Isotta Fraschini is looking to break onto the global racing scene with a new-for-2024 Hypercar. The Tipo 6 LMH Competizione has been designed by renowned engineering firm Michelotto. Unlike other boutique manufacturers, Isotta Fraschini are looking to run a hybrid system on their Hypercar.

Once a luxury carmaker of some repute, Isotta Fraschini has been mostly building engines for agriculture and aviation before its revival as a racing marque.

  • Team: Isotta Fraschini (in partnership with Duqueine Engineering)
  • Car: Isotta Fraschini Tipo 6 LMH Competizione
  • Car type: LMH
  • Number of full-season entries: 1
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with hybrid)
  • Engine: 3l turbocharged V6
  • Engine manufacturer: ?
  • Engine performance: 520 kW
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • Planned WEC debut: 2024

BMW – BMW M Hybrid V8

(c) BMW M Motorsport

BMW are competing with their BMW M Hybrid V8 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023. They are also joining the FIA World Endurance Championship for 2024.

  • Team: BMW M Team WRT
  • Car: BMW M Hybrid V8
  • Car type: LMDh
  • Chassis constructor: Dallara
  • Number of full-season entries: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with spec hybrid)
  • Engine: Twin-turbo V8
  • Engine manufacturer: BMW
  • Engine performance: 500 kW
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2024

Lamborghini

Image (c) Lamborghini Squadra Corse / Iron Lynx

Lamborghini will be making its first foray into top-class endurance racing in its history – starting 2024. Previous motorsport activities have been almost exclusively limited to GT racing, notably in the USA with a multiple-car customer racing GTD effort.

  • Team: Lamborghini Iron Lynx
  • Car: Lamborghini SC63
  • Car type: LMDh
  • Chassis constructor: Ligier
  • Number of full-season entries: 1
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol)
  • Engine: V8 twin-turbo (3.8l)
  • Engine manufacturer: Lamborghini
  • Engine performance: 500 kW engine + 130 kW electric motor
  • Drive: Rear-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2024

Alpine – Alpine A424

Image (c) WEC-Magazin

Alpine has previously competed in the WEC’s Hypercar class with a “grandfathered” LMP1 chassis.

Now it returns to the championship with its latest challenger, the A424.

  • Team: Alpine Endurance Team
  • Car: Alpine A424
  • Car type: LMDh
  • Chassis constructor: ORECA
  • Number of full-season entries: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with hybrid)
  • Engine: V6 turbo (3.4l)
  • Engine manufacturer: Mecachrome
  • Engine performance: 500 kW engine + 50 kW electric motor
  • Drive: Rear-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2024

Former entrants

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus – Glickenhaus 007

Glickenhaus 007 LMH at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans
Image (c) WEC-Magazin

US sportscar manufacturer Glickenhaus competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship between 2021 and 2023, recording two podium finishes.

  • Team: Glickenhaus Racing
  • Name: Glickenhaus 007 
  • Type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of full-season entries: 1 (+1 for 24 Hours of Le Mans)
  • Drivetrain: Conventional (petrol engine)
  • Engine: V8 twin turbo – 90 degree (3.5l rear-engined)
  • Engine manufacturer: Pipo Moteurs
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (670 HP)
  • Drive: Rear-wheel drive
  • Competed in the WEC: 2021–2023

Vanwall – Vanwall Vandervell 680

ByKolles Racing entered the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship as a full-season entry but without too much success.

  • Team: Floyd Vanwall Racing Team
  • Car: Vanwall Vandervell 680 
  • Type: Hypercar
  • Number of cars: 1
  • Drivetrain: Conventional petrol engine
  • Engine: V8 Motor (?? litres ??)
  • Engine manufacturer: ??
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (680 PS)
  • Drive: ???
  • Competed in the WEC: 2023

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