WEC News

Enzinger to step down as Porsche Motorsport boss
Hanson stays at United Autosports
Glickenhaus: Toyota's Le Mans winning margin shows BoP flaws
Have a go hero: A GT1 legend's Group C one-off
Prema to join WEC LMP2 ranks with Iron Lynx partnership

Fritz Enzinger, who oversaw Porsche's Le Mans 24 Hours hat-trick with the 919 Hybrid, is stepping down as boss of the German manufacturer's motorsport department.

Reigning World Endurance Championship LMP2 title-winner Phil Hanson will remain with the United Autosports squad for the 2022 WEC season, the team has announced.

The boss of the Glickenhaus marque has questioned the effectiveness of the Balance of Performance for the Hypercar class in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

A whole host of future stars had one-off outings in Porsche 962s as Weissach's all-conquering Group C racer reached the end of its competitive life. While Michael Bartels would never emulate Jean Alesi and Damon Hill by racing in Formula 1, his forgettable Donington 1990 cameo provided a taster of what would become a highly successful sportscar career

Top single-seater squad Prema will enter the World Endurance Championship next season in the LMP2 prototype division in association with new sister team Iron Lynx.

Enzinger to step down as Porsche Motorsport boss

Fritz Enzinger, who oversaw Porsche's Le Mans 24 Hours hat-trick with the 919 Hybrid, is stepping down as boss of the German manufacturer's motorsport department.

Hanson stays at United Autosports for 2022 WEC season

Reigning World Endurance Championship LMP2 title-winner Phil Hanson will remain with the United Autosports squad for the 2022 WEC season, the team has announced.

Glickenhaus: Toyota's Le Mans winning margin shows BoP flaws

The boss of the Glickenhaus marque has questioned the effectiveness of the Balance of Performance for the Hypercar class in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Have a go hero: A GT1 legend's Group C one-off

A whole host of future stars had one-off outings in Porsche 962s as Weissach's all-conquering Group C racer reached the end of its competitive life. While Michael Bartels would never emulate Jean Alesi and Damon Hill by racing in Formula 1, his forgettable Donington 1990 cameo provided a taster of what would become a highly successful sportscar career

Prema to join WEC LMP2 ranks with Iron Lynx partnership

Top single-seater squad Prema will enter the World Endurance Championship next season in the LMP2 prototype division in association with new sister team Iron Lynx.

Watch: This Week with Will Buxton, Le Mans Special Edition

Check out the Le Mans Special Edition of This Week with Will Buxton, as the popular Formula 1 presenter makes his first visit to the world’s most famous sportscar race.

Who’s the most successful manufacturer at Le Mans? Porsche, Toyota & more

The Le Mans 24 Hours is the world's toughest endurance race and an attractive proposition to manufacturers seeking to showcase their speed and reliability. But who has the most wins?

United Autosports expands to two WEC LMP2 entries in 2022

Reigning World Endurance Championship LMP2 title winners United Autosports will expand to run two cars in the series next year.

Veloqx to make Le Mans return with biofuel Hypercar

Team Veloqx is gearing up for a racing return after nearly 20 years way with a Le Mans Hypercar bearing the Fangio name and powered by a radical biofuel engine.

Blomqvist 'would have been happier to lose by more' in late Le Mans LMP2 drama

JOTA driver Tom Blomqvist says he would have been happier to lose by more than the seven tenths by which the team missed out on LMP2 victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Archive: Why Cadillac's previous Le Mans bid was doomed from the start

After announcing its LMDh programme to challenge for both IMSA and World Endurance Championship honours, Cadillac will return to Le Mans in 2023 after two decades away. Back then, the American manufacturer hoped to take Le Mans by storm with its Northstar LMP car - but, as GARY WATKINS wrote in the 16 January 2003 issue of Autosport magazine, it was doomed from day one

Hirakawa handed second Toyota Hypercar test chance

Super GT and Super Formula star Ryo Hirakawa has been handed a second chance to test Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar as the Japanese firm evaluates him for a full-time drive.

Cadillac announces WEC, IMSA programmes with new LMDh contender

Cadillac has announced a twin programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023 with an LMDh contender built around a Dallara chassis.

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity

Lopez: Final hours of #7 Toyota Le Mans win "very stressful" with fuel woes

Jose Maria Lopez admitted the final hours of his maiden Le Mans 24 Hours victory were "very stressful" as the Toyota crew battled fuel issues.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota takes historic win with new Hypercar

The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez found redemption after years of heartbreak by finally winning the first Le Mans 24 Hours of the Hypercar era, while Ferrari beat Corvette in GTE Pro.

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota remains on course for victory with four hours to go

Toyota looks well-placed to record another 1-2 win at Le Mans with four hours to run, but fuelling issues for both its Hypercars have become its main cause for concern.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota leads sister #8 car at halfway stage

Toyota strengthened its grip on the Le Mans 24 Hours as the race reached the halfway mark, with the #7 crew maintaining the advantage over the sister #8 machine.

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Plus

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Aug 22, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Plus

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Plus

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans Plus

The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans

The rising HubAuto team steps up to GTE Pro at Le Mans this year for an ambitious bid to take on the three works giants – and has every reason to be optimistic of achieving its goal in becoming the first privateer on the podium since 2016

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Plus

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and were considered heavy favourites to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen

Le Mans
Aug 14, 2021
Why Argentina’s current great isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Plus

Why Argentina’s current great isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally

WEC
Aug 14, 2021