History – Peugeot 905 at the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans

The End of a Championship

In the mid-1990s, the FIA introduced a common 3.5-litre engine formula to Formula 1 and the World Sportscar Championship. The move proved deeply unpopular among manufacturers and the engines were too expensive for privateers, ultimately leading to the downfall of Group C racing and the end of the World Sportscar Championship.

The absence of a truly global endurance racing series lasted almost two decades, with manufacturers forced to seek alternatives such as the American Le Mans Series (formed in 1999; Audi competed throughout the 2000s) and the Le Mans Series (a European-based series that transformed into the European Le Mans Series with the advent of the FIA WEC) in which to race.