WEC | Ferrari Confirm Return to Le Mans With LMH Announcement

I wouldn't be as excited as most of you here...

First: No goodbye F1, in fact, this is most likely related to F1 Budget Cap, that allows to spend the extra resources and personnel on this LMH project.

Second: Some user asked what model will the hypercar be based on... Have you seen the hyper-cars presented so far... THEY ARE PROTOTYPES and won't be based on any model.

Third: I can't see the LMH and the LMDh racing evenly... And given the ACO/FIA antics, it most likely will turn very much like the "balanced" racing between the LMP1-H and the LMP1. Why would any of the brands developing a LMH car would spend so much money to possibly be beaten by an LMP2 on steroids? Do you think that the FIA/ACO will allow that? Hardly... And then Audi, Acura or Porsche won't compete at Le Mans if not for the absolute win... So I don't think it will last much.

On the other hand, let's suppose the BOP actually let's them compete... Will any of the LMH manufacturers stay if the much cheaper LMDh keep beating them?

I don't think it will be a problem in America/IMSA, but for the WEC, i don't think its sustainable... 9 manufacturers fighting to win one race (because the WEC is so centered around the 24 LM)... , means every year there will be 8 "losers" and manufacturers don't like to stay losing. Just as the BMW/Toyota/Honda scenario in F1 2009.

I hope I'm wrong, but it should have been aimed at privateers or semi-official structures... not marketing driven corporations.
 
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I wouldn't be as excited as most of you here...

First: No goodbye F1, in fact, this is most likely related to F1 Budget Cap, that allows to spend the extra resources and personnel on this LMH project.

Second: Some user asked what model will the hypercar be based on... Have you seen the hyper-cars presented so far... THEY ARE PROTOTYPES and won't be based on any model.

Third: I can't see the LMH and the LMDh racing evenly... And given the ACO/FIA antics, it most likely will turn very much like the "balanced" racing between the LMP1-H and the LMP1. Why would any of the brands developing a LMH car would spend so much money to possibly be beaten by an LMP2 on steroids? Do you think that the FIA/ACO will allow that? Hardly... And then Audi, Acura or Porsche won't compete at Le Mans if not for the absolute win... So I don't think it will last much.

On the other hand, let's suppose the BOP actually let's them compete... Will any of the LMH manufacturers stay if the much cheaper LMDh keep beating them?

I don't think it will be a problem in America/IMSA, but for the WEC, i don't think its sustainable... 9 manufacturers fighting to win one race (because the WEC is so centered around the 24 LM)... , means every year there will be 8 "losers" and manufacturers don't like to stay losing. Just as the BMW/Toyota/Honda scenario in F1 2009.

I hope I'm wrong, but it should have been aimed at privateers or semi-official structures... not marketing driven corporations.
I don't disagree with most of your points, just the response to the 'goodbye F1.' I think it was the point of view of the fellow that he won't be watching F1 once Ferrari and all the other marques begin competing in WEC/IMSA. Not that F1 will expire, just his interest will be focused elsewhere.
 

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I wouldn't be as excited as most of you here...

First: No goodbye F1, in fact, this is most likely related to F1 Budget Cap, that allows to spend the extra resources and personnel on this LMH project.

Second: Some user asked what model will the hypercar be based on... Have you seen the hyper-cars presented so far... THEY ARE PROTOTYPES and won't be based on any model.

Third: I can't see the LMH and the LMDh racing evenly... And given the ACO/FIA antics, it most likely will turn very much like the "balanced" racing between the LMP1-H and the LMP1. Why would any of the brands developing a LMH car would spend so much money to possibly be beaten by an LMP2 on steroids? Do you think that the FIA/ACO will allow that? Hardly... And then Audi, Acura or Porsche won't compete at Le Mans if not for the absolute win... So I don't think it will last much.

On the other hand, let's suppose the BOP actually let's them compete... Will any of the LMH manufacturers stay if the much cheaper LMDh keep beating them?

I don't think it will be a problem in America/IMSA, but for the WEC, i don't think its sustainable... 9 manufacturers fighting to win one race (because the WEC is so centered around the 24 LM)... , means every year there will be 8 "losers" and manufacturers don't like to stay losing. Just as the BMW/Toyota/Honda scenario in F1 2009.

I hope I'm wrong, but it should have been aimed at privateers or semi-official structures... not marketing driven corporations.
I'm not that sure that overall "winning" is the absolute goal anymore, as motorsport coverage and marketing has changed so much for endurance racing.

The cynic in me sees this development as the "last hurrah" before motorsport in total ends up being phased out/banned come the 2030s.
 

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The cynic in me sees this development as the "last hurrah" before motorsport in total ends up being phased out/banned come the 2030s.

I have a hard time seeing that happening. Motorsport isn't going anywhere...and by that I even mean motorsport using combustion engines (although I envision more electric powered series). I have yet to see plans for electric-powered airlines, cruise ships, cargo ships, etc...or a plan for creating electric cells without factories burning fossil fuels. Those combined cause much more damage than consumer vehicles (and racecars are a tiny percentage compared to consumer vehicles).

Changing most of the world's consumer vehicles to electric/alternate fuels might slow things down, but there's too much invested in the oil business for the powers-that-be to abandon it anytime soon. Fossil fuels will be used in engines, just not for consumer vehicles.

Beyond all that, none of these big auto companies would devote countless millions just for "a last hurrah" when they could fund more development into electric/alternate power...as romanticized of a gesture that is, it's highly doubtful that's their motive.
 
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