WEC News

Toyota didn't test WEC Hypercar after April due to budget constraints
Iconic sportscar brand Pescarolo eyeing 2024 Le Mans return
Bahrain Full Access: Episode 2
Kubica talking to Hypercar teams for 2023, 2024 WEC seasons
F1 world champion Villeneuve set to test Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar

Toyota didn’t complete any private tests with the GR010 Hybrid after April due to budget constraints with its World Endurance Championship programme.

The Pescarolo name could return to the top flight of endurance racing in 2024 if plans to field a customer Le Mans Hypercar by its new owner come to fruition.

Bahrain Full Access: Episode 2 Bahrain
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The FIA World Endurance Championship behind the scenes series continues with the second episode of the season finale in Bahrain.

Formula 1 race winner Robert Kubica is talking to multiple teams in order to land a seat in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in the coming years.

Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve is set to test the Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar at Barcelona this week.

How Cadillac put its stamp on the LMDh concept

Cadillac’s lead designer Chris Mikalauskas worked with Cadillac Racing and Dallara on the styling of the V-LMDh to impart the brand’s identity on a full-house racing car. Here he explains how that came to be

WEC drivers bid farewell to special GTE Pro category

The GTE Pro era of the World Endurance Championship should be celebrated for the kind of machinery and close racing it offered, according to drivers who were a part of the category over the years.

Bahrain Full Access: Episode 1
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Bahrain Full Access: Episode 1

The FIA World Endurance Championship behind the scenes series returns for the first episode of the season finale in Bahrain.

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age Plus

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The organisers of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship worked together to devise the popular new LMDh rule set. But to turn it from an idea into reality, some serious compromises were involved - both from the prospective LMDh entrants and those with existing Le Mans Hypercar projects...

Toyota announces unchanged driver line-up for 2023 WEC season

Toyota will defend its World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours crowns next season with an unchanged driver line-up.

Richard Mille Racing shuts its doors after 2022 WEC season

The Richard Mille Racing LMP2 team has folded following the conclusion of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season in Bahrain.

WEC champion Hirakawa doubted he was up to the job at Toyota

Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa admits he doubted he was up to the job of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship title when he was first selected to join the marque's Hypercar roster.

Tandy anticipated longer Corvette stint before GTE Pro axe

New Porsche LMDh recruit Nick Tandy says he had planned a longer stint at Corvette when he signed a deal to race for the American marque from 2021.

Tandy: 2022 a year of "what could have been" for Corvette in WEC

Nick Tandy says Corvette Racing's 2022 World Endurance Championship campaign could have been very different without being taken out by an LMP2 car at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Peugeot to complete first 24-hour test with 9X8 before Christmas

Peugeot will undertake its first 24-hour test with the new 9X8 World Endurance Championship contender before Christmas.

Alpine won't use F1 engine as basis for 2024 LMDh contender

Alpine has opted against basing the engine for the new LMDh prototype it will start racing in the 2024 World Endurance Championship on its Formula 1 powerplant.

Jota drivers proud of WEC title in LMP2's "most competitive" year

Jota drivers have described their 2022 LMP2 title as “amazing” after what they believe was the category's “most competitive year” in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Youngest Le Mans starter Pierson joins ECR IndyCar development scheme

United Autosports World Endurance Championship driver Josh Pierson is to become the first driver of Ed Carpenter Racing’s new development program, with the goal to reach IndyCar by 2025.

Gunther beaming after first prototype test in Peugeot WEC hypercar

Formula E race winner Maximilian Gunther was beaming after getting his first taste of Peugeot’s Le Mans Hypercar in the World Endurance Championship rookie test in Bahrain.

Toyota impressed by Wadoux's first laps in WEC hypercar

Toyota was impressed by how quickly Lilou Wadoux got up to speed in her first outing in a Le Mans Hypercar at the Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday.

Peugeot "in the mix" now with WEC Hypercar after Bahrain finale

Peugeot believes it is now “in the mix” after taking another step forward with its 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar in last weekend’s World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain.

How hobbled Ferrari denied Porsche an era-ending WEC title

Despite its gearbox falling apart, Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado managed to reach the finish of the World Endurance Championship's Bahrain 8 Hours as the fifth classified GTE runner, doing enough to secure the drivers' and manufacturers' GT titles in the swansong for the GTE Pro division. Here's how the Scuderia signed out in style before its move up to the Hypercar class

Lapierre: Toyota's easy WEC triumph 'not great for the show'

Alpine driver Nicolas Lapierre believes Toyota deserved to win the 2022 World Endurance Championship, but says the lack of on-track battles between them in Bahrain wasn’t good for the show.

Tandy and Makowiecki complete Porsche LMDh driver line-up

Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki have completed the factory driver line-up for Porsche’s 2023 assaults on the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship with the 963 LMDh prototype.

Porsche frustrated by double full-course yellow blow in WEC title decider

Michael Christensen admits luck was not on Porsche’s side after twice losing ground to title rival Ferrari during full-course yellow periods in the Bahrain World Endurance Championship decider.

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age Plus

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The organisers of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship worked together to devise the popular new LMDh rule set. But to turn it from an idea into reality, some serious compromises were involved - both from the prospective LMDh entrants and those with existing Le Mans Hypercar projects...

IMSA
Nov 25, 2022
How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Plus

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why

WEC
Aug 25, 2022
Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes Plus

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2022
The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause Plus

The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause

Track limits are the problem that motorsport doesn't seem to be able to rid itself of. But the use of so-called 'sausage kerbs' as a deterrent has in several instances only served to worsen the problem, and a growing number of voices want to see action taken

Formula 1
Jul 18, 2022
The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return Plus

The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return

The Peugeot 9X8 will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend. The French manufacturer has gone radical and will be hoping it doesn’t need to overhaul its contender, as it did with its first Le Mans challenger…

WEC
Jul 8, 2022
Why Peugeot's sportscar return will capture the imagination Plus

Why Peugeot's sportscar return will capture the imagination

OPINION: Peugeot will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend with the 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar that has ignored design conventions by eschewing a rear wing. Its distinctive look will help sportscar racing appeal to fresh audiences as a new golden era is ushered in

WEC
Jul 7, 2022
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022