2022 24 Hours of Le Mans: How it Works and Where to Watch
Ferrari teases first image of new Le Mans challenger
The rendering gives a hint of the look of the four-wheel-drive hybrid prototype with which the Ferrari factory will contest the full World Endurance Championship next year around the Le Mans assault.
The release of the first images of the Italian marque’s LMH came at one minute past 4pm on Friday, exactly 49 years on from the last factory Ferrari prototype taking the finish at Le Mans on 10 June, 1973.
Carlos Pace and Arturo Merzario claimed second place at the wheel of a Ferrari 312PB behind the winning Matra.
The Ferrari LMH “shows strong design references to the stylistic features that distinguish the models in the Prancing Horse range”, according to the statement from the Italian manufacturer.
Previous announcements from Ferrari about its factory return to the top flight of sportscar racing, which was confirmed in February 2021, did not include any images.
Friday’s release confirmed the testing timeline for the new car.
It “will begin its first development tests in the coming weeks”, Ferrari said.Antonello Coletta, who is heading up the LMH project in his role as boss of the Attivita Sportive GT department at Ferrari, told Autosport late last month that the car remains on schedule to begin testing in July.
First testing of the LMH will be undertaken by drivers taken from Ferrari’s GT roster, which includes James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Antonio Fuoco.
Ferrari will continue its collaboration with AF Corse on its return to the prototype ranks.
Moments later, another one of the American favourites, the GTE Pro pole-sitting #64 Corvette C8.R of Nick Tandy was also seen cruising at reduced speed between Mulsanne and Indianapolis, albeit making it back to the pits.
This meant many cars didn't set a representative lap, with those that did so generally only getting one or two clean tours of the Circuit de la Sarthe on the board.
Splitting the two Japanese cars to go second overall was Rene Rast in the LMP2 pole-sitting WRT Oreca 07, 1.941s slower than Conway but four tenths up on Buemi.
This weekend kicks off the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most prestigious motor race in the world. Whether you’re new to the World Endurance Championship, you haven’t followed all the news in the build-up to the race, or you’re an avid fan who just needs a refresher, we’re here to help you follow the event.
What Is the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an endurance event whose winner is awarded based on the car that completes the most laps in the 24-hour time limit. The race started on public roads in Le Mans, France in 1923, and barring a long break for World War II, has continued ever since.
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Along with the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix (or Formula 1 World Championship; whichever you prefer), the 24 Hours of Le Mans is part of the iconic Triple Crown of racing, which signals a mastery of various motorsport disciplines. To win at Le Mans, you not only need to have the kind of car that can compete for 24 hours, but you need to get along with your teammates and learn how to compete as a team.
The race has also become a significant proving ground for automotive technology on the endurance front.