A new report has revealed that Ferrari could be making a decision on returning to Le Mans by as early as the end of this year.
The Italian automaker, which has been considering a return to Le Mans for quite some time now, could field a car as soon as 2015 if the racing program is green lit. In the past, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has hinted that the Italian automaker’s turbocharged F1 engine could be adapted to an LMP1 prototype.
One of the primary motivators for Ferrari to return to Le Mans is to be able to compete with other automakers without the drama that surrounds F1 racing. In a way, Ferrari is firing a warning to F1 that there are other forms of motorsports outside of F1 that are viable for competition.
During the 1960s, Ferrari had a long string of consecutive victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a prestigious race that it no doubt wants to get involved with again. Perhaps Audi will finally have a formidable opponent to topple its recent reign.
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]
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