16 Hypercars Highlight Official 2023 Le Mans Field

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With the FIA WEC season just weeks away, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest has finally unveiled the complete entry list for the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans. As expected, it marks a significant break from the past decade of races and is highlighted by the largest group of factory-backed top-level prototypes in a generation or more.

The top Hypercar class, which consists of cars built for both the Le Mans Hypercar ruleset introduced to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021 and the LMDh ruleset introduced in IMSA earlier this season, boasts 16 entries. 12 of those are factory-backed prototypes from major manufacturers. Private entries are headlined by the customer Porsche 963 entered by Jota, while Vanwall and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus each enter their one full-season World Endurance Championship car and Glickenhaus adds an additional entry for the 24 hour classic.

With the addition of extra cars that otherwise race full-time in IMSA, Porsche and Cadillac's factory programs each grow to three cars for the race. Porsche Penske Motorsport has its two WEC entries plus an additional IMSA car, which so far only has Felipe Nasr named to a role. Cadillac has its full-season WEC entry prepared by Chip Ganassi Racing plus the IMSA car entered by Ganassi and the IMSA car entered by Action Express; while all three run as Cadillac Racing in IMSA, only the Ganassi-run cars have that branding on the Le Mans entry list. Ferrari, Toyota, and Peugeot are entering only their two full-time cars each.


Acura and BMW, who debuted their LMDh-spec cars in January's 24 Hours of Daytona, did not pursue entries for this year's 100th anniversary 24 Hours of Le Mans. BMW has already announced a plan to race in Europe with WRT as a factory partner starting in 2024, while Acura is still weighing its options to race in Europe in the future.

Behind the Hypercar class, the highlight is the "innovative cars" entry that has been granted to Hendrick Motorsports and their modified NASCAR-spec Camaro. That Garage56 program will not be competing for any specific honor, but it has been accepted to compete in the race itself. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Formula 1 champion Jenson Button, and Le Mans overall winner Mike Rockenfeller have already been announced as the drivers for that entry.

24 LMP2 cars are entered in the race. With professional GT racing officially eliminated from the race and FIA WEC after last season, the 21 GTE-Am cars make up the only GT entries on the grid. All of Ferrari, Porsche, and Corvette have entered that class with their former factory partners AF Corse, Proton, and Pratt & Miller, respectively, but each will be contesting the race with amateur drivers alongside their factory pilots.

The 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans starts on June 10. Both IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship will run the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, so expect a better understanding of the relative strengths of the new field after that race.

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