Manufacturers competing in next year’s WEC include Alpine, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Isotta Fraschini, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Peugeot, Porsche and Toyota – all highlighting the continued growth of the world’s best endurance racing series.
Several drivers are also named – each team is required to submit a minimum of one driver per car entered. Notable names include the seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi who will drive for Team WRT in LMGT3. Other surprises include the newly crowned LMP2 Champion Robert Kubica who will test the new AF Corse entered Ferrari 499P Hypercar. Former Haas F1 and current Mercedes F1 reserve driver Mick Schumacher he has also switched to endurance racing after being named to the ranks of Alpine drivers.
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Since the introduction of the Hypercar class in 2021, the WEC has grown significantly with the class reaching record numbers for the 2024 season. Nine manufacturers will compete in next year’s World Hypercar Championship including World Champions Toyota as well as Cadillac, Ferrari, Peugeot and Porsche. Alpine will make the step up from LMP2 to Hypercar and will join newcomers BMW, Lamborghini and Isotta Fraschini.
Next year’s WEC will also expand to eight rounds with the addition of Sao Paulo (Brazil) as the WEC returns to South America. There will also be new rounds in Doha (Qatar) and Imola (Italy) as well as the return of COTA in Texas, USA. The championship will go in five regions – Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America and South America (Doha, Imola, Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans, Sao Paulo, COTA, Fuji and Bahrain).
Also new for 2024, the WEC will have two classes: Hypercar and brand new type of LMGT3. The latter will replace the LMGTE class which has been on the WEC grid since the series’ inaugural season in 2012. The new GT class will be based on the FIA’s existing GT3 technical platform and will continue to focus on master drivers.
The full driver line-up will be announced in due course.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “As the year of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary, 2023 was a historic season. But 2024 is just around the corner. Next season will stand in the history of endurance, and perhaps in motorsport in general. The world’s biggest car manufacturers will compete in eight races that comprise the championship that, featuring the circuit on the calendar for the first time. The stakes are high in Hypercar and in LMGT3 alike. See you in February for the Lusail International Circuit Prologue.”
Richard Mille, President of the FIA Endurance Commission: “From one year to the next the FIA World Endurance Championship goes from strength to strength. The championship never stops. 2023 will be another important year, with the Hypercar class reaching its full potential with 19 entries from nine different manufacturers. Also, for once for the first time in history, the WEC will include two classes, each benefiting from very strong entries. Next season will also mark the new face of GT racing, with cars based on the GT3 technical platform, which is the FIA’s most successful customer racing class and which offers the WEC a wide range of styles and designs.”
Frédéric Lequien, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship: “The high number of entries in Hypercar and LMGT3 underlines the continued growth of the FIA WEC and I would like to take this time to thank all our manufacturers and teams for placing their trust in us. Having a field list that includes 19 Hypercars as well as 18 LMGT3 entries representing 14 different manufacturers it truly reflects the great era of endurance racing that we are currently living in. The battles ahead next season are going to be incredible and what’s even more exciting is that we are expanding our calendar to eight races so that even more fans can enjoy the sport.”