Ferrari’s campaign to return to Le Mans is far from over. The Prancing Horse has had less than a year to get into its race car shape, and its development is now fully underway. Last week, Ferrari took the LMH driver to Fiorano for an initial search and to begin a car development program. The automaker captured the car’s first outing on video and shared it with the world.
The highly stylized clip showcases more emotion than last week’s spy video that captured the car on the track. The car underwent two days of testing, and Ferrari had planned additional track time. The video shows Ferrari continuing to hide the LMH race car under a tight camouflage wrap, and quick edits make it difficult to focus on certain aspects of the design.
Luckily, the spy videos and photos give us our best look at the car, revealing a radical style. The car sits low to the ground, with the front fender sitting higher than the body. The Ferrari also has a large wing with three large fins sticking out at the rear, and we only got a glimpse of the car’s wild rear design.
Ferrari announced the LMH program in February 2021, and the automaker had its first iteration of the car running in a simulator shortly after. The company draws from all aspects of its expertise, including its Formula 1 division, and operates the program from the new Attivita Sportive GT facility next to Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. Antonello Coletta, who heads the LMH project and is Attivita’s boss said earlier this year that it was “ridiculous not to take advantage of all the knowledge we have.”
Next year’s Le Mans, a landmark round of the WEC, will be Ferrari’s first time in a famous race since 1973. When Ferrari takes to the French track next year, LMH drivers will be competing against cars from Cadillac, Acura and others. . The collaboration between ACO, FIA and IMSA allows the LMH and LMDh car classes to compete with each other. We are excited about the fight.