The new Hypercar Ferrari Le Mans, which will join next year’s World Endurance Championship, will use technology from the Italian manufacturer’s Formula One team.
Antonello Coleta, who heads the LMH project as head of Ferrari’s Attivita Sportive GT department, explained that the brand’s first factory prototype program in 50 years uses all the company’s technological resources.
“I think the technology we have at Ferrari is one of the most important assets for us and it is normal to share this technology in all our projects,” Koleta told motorsport.tv in an exclusive interview with the Ferrari channel.
“It is normal for the LMH project to have experience from Formula 1, but not only from Formula 1, but also from road cars – this is a synthesis of our knowledge.
“Our technicians are mixed by all this and we hope to make a very competitive and amazing car.”
He added that some of the decisions of the LMH hybrid prototype have already been “taken from past experience at both the F1 level and road cars”.
“Ferrari is a great company with a very important technical heritage and our role has always been that of innovators,” he said.
“Given the new regulations, it was impossible not to go hunting for knowledge, and the important thing to emphasize is that LMH is not a project of part of the company, but a transversal project, because Ferrari is like that.
“It would be foolish not to take advantage of all the know-how we have.
The LMH program, announced in February 2021, is run from the new premises of the Attivita Sportive GT to the Ferrari Fiorano test track together with the new 296 GT3 racer, which will be released to customers in time for next season.
Koleta described the facility, which opened last year, combining the Competizioni GT and Corse Clienti departments, as “a testament to Ferrari’s importance to our business”.
He called LMH an “important challenge” for Ferrari, as he sought to add to his total of nine wins in 24 hours at Le Mans, the central round of the WEC.
Ferrari has not yet released technical details about the LMH, including the configuration of its internal combustion engine, but is expected to make an additional announcement in June.
Ferrari LMH, which will operate a hybrid front axle system, is scheduled to turn the wheel for the first time in July, although Coletta stressed that no exact date has been set.
Attivita Sportive GT technical director Ferdinando Canizzo confirmed that the LMH project is “on schedule”.
He revealed that the first iteration of LMH worked on the simulator a year ago.
“It is clear that this is something that continues to develop month after month after the results are reviewed – each session brings a new idea to the table,” he explained.
“The car exists in practice and we are constantly evolving; now we are excited to see the car on the track. ”
Coletta has confirmed Ferrari’s intention to launch tests with drivers from its existing GT roster, which includes reigning WEC GTE Pro champions Alessandro Pierre Guidi and James Calado.
He also hinted once again at Ferrari’s future participation in the top class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, after the North American series cleared the way for LMH cars to compete in their series in the middle of last year.
“For Ferrari, the American market is extremely important,” he said.
“But in 2023 we will only participate in the WEC.
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