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The new WEC Hypercar class is the future of top-class endurance racing. Multiple manufacturers are already racing in the category, with many others heavily rumoured.

In 2021, the WEC replaced its LMP1 category with the Hypercar class. Hypercar is centred on the latest generation of hypercars developed and produced by major manufacturers in recent years. There is significant freedom in the rules, and plenty of creative scope for manufacturers. This makes it possible to create very distinctive racing cars.

From 2023, the Hypercar class will see the addition of cars built under the new LMDh ruleset originating from the United States. LMDh cars feature a spec chassis and standard hybrid unit, electronics and transmission, and therefore less creative freedom in design. On the upside, they are significantly less expensive to build than cars designed to Hypercar regulations.

The current regulations can be found here. The exact specifications for each car class are available on this page. Below we have summarised all officially confirmed information of the single participants.

Last update: 31/03/2022

Current WEC Hypercar competitors

Toyota Gazoo Racing (2021)

Image (c) Walter Schruff / WEC-Magazin

Toyota has been competing in the FIA WEC since the very first season, sticking with the world championship for sportscar prototypes through thick and thin. The Japanese manufacturer committed to Hypercar at a relatively early stage and secured the inaugural FIA Hypercar World Endurance Championship in 2021.

  • Team: Toyota Gazoo Racing
  • Name: Toyota GR010 Hybrid
  • Type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of full-season entries: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with electric motor)
  • Engine: V6 twin turbo (3.5l mid-engined)
  • Engine manufacturer: Toyota (petrol engine) / ASIN AW + DENSO (electric engine)
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (680 HP)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2021

Glickenhaus Racing (2021)

Glickenhaus 007 LMH at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans
Image (c) Walter Schruff / WEC-Magazin

New to the WEC in 2021 was US sportscar manufacturer Glickenhaus. The team made its FIA World Endurance Championship debut with the new SCG007 prototype.

  • Team: Glickenhaus Racing
  • Name: Glickenhaus SCG 007 LMH 
  • Type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of full-season entries: 1 (+1 for 24 Hours of Le Mans)
  • Drivetrain: Conventional (petrol engine)
  • Engine: V8 twin turbo – 90 degree (3,5l rear-engined)
  • Engine manufacturer: Pipo Moteurs
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (670 HP)
  • Drive: Rear-wheel drive
  • WEC debut: 2021

Team Peugeot Totalenergies (2022)

Image (c) Peugeot Sport

Peugeot is back and have submitted two full-season entries for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season. It is unclear when the car will make its competitive debut, but currently the 6 Hours of Monza are a possible date.

  • Team: Team Peugeot Totalenergies
  • Name: Peugeot 9×8
  • Type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of full-season entries: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid – called “Hybrid 4” (petrol engine with electric motor)
  • Engine: V6 twin turbo 90 degrees (2,6 litres – rear motor)
  • Engine manufacturer: Peugeot
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (680 hp) petrol engine + 200 kW electric motor (700 kW overall)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • Planned WEC debut: 2022

Future WEC Hypercar competitors

Porsche (2023)

New Porsche LMDh testing in Weissach, Germany
Image (c) Porsche Newsroom

Porsche have built their car according to LMDh regulations and will enter the FIA World Endurance in Hypercar and the GTP class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023. US team Penske Motorsports will run the program.

  • Team: Porsche Penske Motorsport
  • Name: ?
  • Type: LMDh
  • Number of full-season entries: 2
  • Drivetrain: Hybrid (petrol engine with spec hybrid)
  • Engine: Twin-turbo V8
  • Engine manufacturer: Porsche
  • Engine performance: 680 hp (engine and hybrid combined)
  • Drive: Four-wheel drive
  • Planned WEC debut: 2023

Ferrari (2023)

Image (c) Ferrari

Ferrari announced its commitment to WEC Hypercar in 2021. No further details have been provided on the car or its development. As soon as the first pictures and information on the Ferrari hypercar are available, we will add them here. The race debut is planned for 2023. The Hypercar entry will be fielded by AF Corse.

  • Team: AF Corse
  • Name: ?
  • Type: Hypercar
  • Number of full-season entries: ?
  • Drivetrain: ?
  • Engine: ?
  • Engine manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine performance: ?
  • Drive: ?
  • Planned WEC debut: 2023

Vanwall Racing (2023)

ByKolles Vanwall hypercar concept
Image (c) Vanwall Racing

ByKolles Racing has also been part of the WEC furniture for some time. The German-based privateer has constructed its own Hypercar, partnering with former F1 manufacturer Vanwall. The team plans to make its on-track debut in 2022. The first race in the FIA WEC follows in 2023.

  • Team: Vanwall Racing
  • Car: PMC Project LMH 
  • Car type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of cars: 1
  • Drivetrain: Conventional petrol engine
  • Engine: V8 Motor (?? litres ??)
  • Engine manufacturer: ??
  • Engine performance: 500 kW (680 PS)
  • Drive: ???
  • Planned WEC debut: 2022

Cadillac (2023)

Cadillac LMDh render
Image (c) Cadillac Racing

More information about this entry coming soon.

  • Team: ?
  • Car: ?
  • Car type: LMDh
  • Number of full-season entries: ?
  • Drivetrain: ?
  • Engine: ?
  • Engine manufacturer: ?
  • Engine performance: ?
  • Drive: ?
  • Planned WEC debut: 2023

Lamborghini (2024)

Image (c) Lamborghini Squadra Corse

The as-yet-unnamed Lamborghini Hypercar entry marks the Italian marque’s first foray into top-class endurance racing in its history – starting 2024. Previous motorsport activities have been almost exclusively limited to GT racing, notably in the USA with a multiple-car customer racing GTD effort.

  • Team:
  • Car: ?
  • Car type: LMDh
  • Number of full-season entries: ?
  • Drivetrain: ?
  • Engine: ?
  • Engine manufacturer: Lamborghini
  • Engine performance: ?
  • Drive: ?
  • Planned WEC debut: 2024

Alpine (2024)

Alpine WEC Hypercar at the 8 Hours of Bahrain
Image (c) Walter Schruff / WEC-Magazin

Alpine is currently the only WEC competitor still running an old LMP1 car in the hypercar class. This was made possible by a transitional arrangement that expires with the 2022 season. However, the French would like to return to the hypercar class in 2024 and enter a specially designed car based on the LMDh regulations. More precise details are still pending.

  • Team: ?
  • Car: ?
  • Car type: LMDh
  • Number of full-season entries: ?
  • Drivetrain: ?
  • Engine: ?
  • Engine manufacturer: ?
  • Engine performance: ?
  • Drive: ?
  • Planned WEC debut: 2024

Others

A number of additional manufacturers will be racing LMDh machinery in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship once the class debuts in January 2023. At the time of writing, these include BMW and Acura (Honda). Both manufacturers have signalled their desire to compete on an annual basis at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Rumoured

Those rumoured to be evaluating a WEC or IMSA program with a Hypercar or LMDh include McLaren and Dodge.