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Each passing month provides more tantalising glimpses of what the top class of the WEC will look like this year. Here is a summary of what we know so far.

The 2021 will see the LMP1 category replaced by Le Mans Hypercar (LMH). The new class is centred on the latest generation of “hypercars” major manufacturers have been producing in recent years. The rules are freely designed and offer a great deal of creative scope for the teams. This makes it possible to create very individual racing cars.

The current regulations can be found here. The exact specifications for each car class are available on this page. Below we have summarized all officially confirmed information of the single participants. The changes from the last update are highlighted in bold.

Latest update: 07/07/2021

Toyota Gazoo Racing

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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 LMH at a relatively early stage and remains on course to compete next year.

  • Car: Toyota GR010 Hybrid
  • Car type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of cars: 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
  • Planned WEC debut: 2021

Glickenhaus

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A newcomer for the 2021 season is the US sportscar manufacturer Glickenhaus. The team will be making their FIA WEC debut with their own Le Mans Hypercar.

  • Car: Glickenhaus SCG007 
  • Car type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of cars: 2
  • 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
  • Planned WEC debut: 2021

Peugeot Sport

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An old friend finally makes its WEC debut. Peugeot is back and plan to return to Le Mans in 2022. The French manufacturer intends to enter two cars.

  • Car: Peugeot 9X8
  • Car type: Prototype-based hypercar
  • Number of cars: 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

ByKOLLES Racing

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ByKolles Racing has also been part of the WEC furniture for some time. The German-based, Austrian-registered privateer has constructed its own Le Mans Hypercar and is planning to make its debut at the first race of the 2022 season.

  • 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

Ferrari

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 LMH entry will continue to be fielded by AF Corse.

  • Car: ???
  • Car type: ???
  • Number of cars: 2
  • Drivetrain: ???
  • Engine: ???
  • Engine manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine performance: ??
  • Drive: ???
  • Planned WEC debut: 2023

Tobias

Tobias is editor-in-chief and one of the co-founders of WEC-Magazin.