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Reigning Formula E champion Stoffel Vandoorne will serve as Peugeot’s official reserve driver in its first full-season in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.
Former Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass is joining the JOTA team ahead of its move into the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a new Porsche 963.
Alpine has named the six drivers that will compete for the team in the FIA World Endurance Championship on its step down to the LMP2 division.
Nicolas Lapierre is set to be absent from the FIA World Endurance Championship grid for the first time since 2015 this year, following Alpine’s step down to LMP2.
Ex-Formula 1 racer Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz will both race for the WRT LMP2 team in the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship.
NASCAR's Garage 56 revealed its headlights setup during Daytona testing this week, where ex-Formula 1 champion Jenson Button got behind the wheel of its Chevrolet for the first time.
Romain Grosjean says his Lamborghini LMDh commitments next year should include the 24 Hours of Le Mans, providing there are no clashes with his IndyCar schedule.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat and factory Lamborghini racer Mirko Bortolotti have been named as part of Prema’s two-car line-up for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
The NASCAR-inspired Garage 56 entry for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will switch focus to endurance running at Daytona on Wednesday.
Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button’s vast experience of European racing is proving a big help to the NASCAR Garage 56 project – but his height is making driver changes trickier.
Ex-Formula 1 champion Jenson Button feels that fans will get a “true experience” of NASCAR in its one-off special appearance at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Jenson Button has been revealed as part of the driver lineup for the Garage 56 entry that brings NASCAR back to the Le Mans 24 Hours for its centenary race in June.
The FIA World Endurance Championship has admitted that it is examining alternatives to Sebring for the US round of the series from 2024.
Chevrolet has revealed the new Corvette Z06 GT3.R racecar, a year before it makes its competition debut at the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Cadillac Racing driver Richard Westbrook says the new GTP cars in IMSA’s top class place more emphasis on the driver, and believes they will be more raceable than the Daytona Prototypes that went before.
Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jose Maria Lopez will contest the European Le Mans Series for LMP2 squad Cool Racing alongside his Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship programme.
Michael Andretti says he wants to take his new sportscar partnership with Wayne Taylor Racing to the Le Mans 24 Hours in future.
Several drivers from the FIA World Endurance Championship are optimistic that the new breed of LMDh and LMH cars will herald the start of a new era that will last longer than the peak years of LMP1.
Factory Porsche driver Nick Tandy says that both IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship need to “put on a show that lives up to this hype” in a new era of sportscar racing.
McLaren is still keeping tabs on a possible future FIA World Endurance Championship entry, but CEO Zak Brown has conceded the team is not yet ready for it.
Antonio Felix da Costa and Will Stevens will remain with the JOTA team to race its customer Porsche 963 LMDh in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season.
Additional Le Mans 24 Hours entries planned by Glickenhaus and Vanwall look set to make for the biggest grid in the top class at the French enduro since 2010.
Porsche’s motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach says the next big step for global sportscar racing would be to unify its prototype classes into one set of rules in the longer term.
Ferrari has announced it has added Lilou Wadoux to its stable of factory GT racers for the 2023 season.
John Wickham, who co-owned the Spirit Formula 1 team of the early 1980s and oversaw Bentley’s 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours victory, has died aged 73 after a long illness.
Corvette Racing has announced that silver-rated Nicolas Varrone will join Nicky Catsburg and Ben Keating in its factory entry in the GTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.
The ByKolles-run Vanwall team missing out on an entry for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season was a "positive thing" in hindsight, according to Tom Dillmann.
Cadillac has revealed the color schemes for the three Cadillac V-LMDh racecars set to make their competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this month.
Cadillac’s global VP Rory Harvey says the marque’s intention to enter Formula 1 with Andretti Global will not detract from its programs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is on course to test new employer BMW’s LMDh prototype.
The revived Isotta Fraschini marque is targeting a race debut for its new Le Mans Hypercar at Monza in July after its full-season FIA World Endurance Championship entry was rejected.
A total of 13 cars will contest this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar class.
Ferrari Formula 1 reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi will race the Italian manufacturer’s new 499P Le Mans Hypercar in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.
Prema has signed Juan Manuel Correa and Doriane Pin as its first two drivers for its sophomore campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.
OPINION: There is plenty of excitement over the glut of manufacturers tackling the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship this season. The selection committee is set to face headaches over who it decides to admit and who gets turned away from the 2023 entry list, but history tells us that the smaller entrants have a place
Toyota believes it will be possible for customer teams to run cars built to Le Mans Hypercar regulations despite the perception that they are more expensive and complicated than LMDh machines.
Two-time Formula 1 race starter Pietro Fittipaldi is joining the JOTA team for the defence of its FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 crown in 2023.
Sportscar racing is set to enter a new golden era from 2023, with new rules bringing back much needed life to a motorsport discipline that has been moribund in recent years. Here’s the full list of manufacturers who are building cars to LMDh and Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations.
The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022.
Revived Italian car maker Isotta Fraschini is teaming up with the Vector Sport team in its bid for a FIA World Endurance Championship entry with its new Le Mans Hypercar.
Porsche’s motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach believes that its 963 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship is not at competitive risk by a potential spending war between rival Le Mans Hypercar manufacturers.
United Autosports drivers Oliver Jarvis and Filipe Albuquerque are confident that the LMP2 team will bounce back in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year after a season that fell short of its usual high standards in 2022.
The revived Isotta Fraschini marque expects to finalise a deal with a team to run its new Le Mans Hypercar in the FIA World Endurance Championship before the new year.
Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM’s sportscar racing program manager, says that calibrating the code to run a GTP prototype has been the biggest mountain ahead of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
OPINION: Fresh from hosting a controversial 2022 football World Cup, Qatar has added its name to the 2024 World Endurance Championship calendar. Although questions may be asked about its presence on the calendar, is it simply the price to pay for having a healthy racing championship?
Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship title winner Neel Jani is leaving Porsche at the end of this year after 10 seasons.
Former Le Mans winner Nick Tandy says Porsche’s new 963 is “very different to drive” from the ultra-successful 919 Hybrid that he used to win the French sportscar classic in 2015.
Nicki Thiim is excited about the new golden era of sportscar racing that is scheduled to begin in 2023, but will not leave Aston Martin to chase a seat in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Peugeot driver Jean-Eric Vergne feels the French manufacturer has made “huge” progress on the reliability front despite persistent issues with the 9X8 in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Porsche has unveiled the driver line-ups for its assaults on the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year with its new 963 LMDh prototype.
In our exclusive video, Porsche Penske Motorsport’s Dane Cameron explains the complex functionality of the new 963 racing prototype’s steering wheel – which doesn’t just move the front wheels and changes gear but contains all the buttons, levers and wizardry for the new hybrid energy recovery system that all premier-class IMSA sportscars will race with in 2023.
Peugeot star Loic Duval feels it would be unwise to phase out the LMP2 class from the FIA World Endurance Championship to accommodate a larger Hypercar field in the coming years.
Sebring could retain its place on the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar in March after Qatar becomes the season opener from 2024.
Glickenhaus has committed to race on in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year with its Le Mans Hypercar.
After a sometimes trying dual campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series with United Autosports, 2019-20 WEC LMP2 champion and BRDC SuperStar Phil Hanson explains how he plans to start 2023 on the front foot.