Ferrari announces top flight Le Mans, Sportscars return

Ferrari has announced it will return to the top flight of endurance racing, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, with its own hypercar from 2023.

The Italian manufacturer will line up in the FIA World Endurance Championship with an in-house chassis and take on hypercar competition from Toyota, Peugeot, Glickenhaus and ByKolles, while Audi, Porsche and Acura are building new LMDh prototypes which will also be eligible to compete in a unified Le Mans Hypercar class.

Full story HERE at motorsport.com

Ferrari is back for OA win at the 24H Le Mans

Ferrari announces the start of the Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) programme that from 2023 will see the manufacturer enter the new top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Following a period of study and analysis, Ferrari has kicked off the development of the new LMH car to include in recent weeks the design and simulation phases. The track testing programme, the name of the car and the drivers who will make up the official crews, will be part of future announcements.

Fifty years after its last official participation in the premier class of the World Sports Car Championship in 1973, Ferrari will take to the track in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which it proactively helped to establish. It has a respectable record in closed-wheel competition with 24 world titles (most recently in 2017) and 36 victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ferrari President John Elkann commented: “In over 70 years of racing, on tracks all over the world, we led our closed-wheel cars to victory by exploring cutting-edge technological solutions: innovations that arise from the track and make every road car produced in Maranello extraordinary. With the new Le Mans Hypercar programme, Ferrari once again asserts its sporting commitment and determination to be a protagonist in the major global motorsport events”.

 

RM Sotheby’s Auction started – 1978 Fiat 900T “Garage Francorchamps” Ferrari Service Van

All details about the auction HERE at RM Sothebys Auction
 
Estimate €20,000 – €25,000 – Offered Without Reserve
 
RM | Online Only – OPEN ROADS, FEBRUARY 19 – 28 FEBRUARY 2021
European Offering – Auction Closes on 26 February 2021
 
– Commissioned new for use by Garage Francorchamps
– Still retains its original hand painted livery
– The perfect addition to any Ferrari collection
 

One of Ferrari’s most celebrated distributors and race teams, Garage and Ecurie Francorchamps brought fame and glory to Belgium and the Ferrari name through the crucible of international motorsport. Founded in 1952 by Belgian racing driver Jacques Swaters, Charles de Tornaco and Geoff Richardson, Ecurie Francorchamps earned a name for itself on the international stage in the 1950s and 1960s in sports car racing, competing regularly at events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an era when Ferrari dominated the field.

Off the track, Swaters was named Ferrari’s official importer for Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg in 1952. Garage Francorchamps became one of Ferrari’s most important dealerships worldwide over a period of over fifty years, and Swaters himself was a keen collector of all things Ferrari.

This fascinating Fiat 900T Service Van played an interesting role in that legacy. Purchased new by Garage Francorchamps in September of 1978, previous Belgium registration documents on file confirm the van’s provenance. During Francorchamp’s ownership, it was used for race support and parts delivery and surely would have been an exciting site for any car enthusiast whilst roaming Belgium’s roads. The Fiat remained in service with Francorchamps for a decade before it was parked in 1988 in the workshop of Ferrari Antwerpen.

Today, the car presents in largely original condition, and its charming Francorchamps livery advertising Ferrari’s road cars of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s is very attractive. Although the engine is running, it is advised that the van receive further restoration and service work before being driven on the road. Nevertheless, it would make an incredible addition to any Ferrari collection, especially one in its native Belgium.