Ferrari 488 GTEs from the virtual 24 hours of Le Mans in June.
Ferrari will return to the top group of endurance races in 2023 with a hypercar start and fight for the 24-hour victory at Le Mans for the first time in 50 years, the Italian brand announced on Wednesday.
Ferrari last entered the top category in 1973 at Le Mans. Competitors include Toyota, Peugeot, Porsche and Audi among the major manufacturers.
The hypercar category replaces the previous LMP1 in endurance racing.
Ferrari has won Le Mans nine times, but not since 1965 when it fought a famous battle with Ford at the Sarthe circuit in western France. The brand has had successes in GT racing recently, winning the GTE Pro 2019 category.
“With the new Le Mans hypercar program, Ferrari reaffirms its commitment to sport and its determination to be a protagonist in major global motorsport events,” said Ferrari President John Elkann in a statement.
The name of the Ferrari car and the driver has yet to be announced.
Ferrari has been looking for other activities where new employees can be deployed as the Formula 1 budget c takes effect and forces the sport’s oldest and most successful team to lose weight.
Some technical staff have already moved to Haas F1, which uses Ferrari engines and has a close partnership with Maranello.
Ferrari also has a thriving young drivers’ academy with endurance racing, another arena for experience.