As we eagerly await the 2023 Le Mans, automakers have already begun preparing for the world’s greatest motorsport. For all racing fans out there, let’s take a closer look at some of the cars to watch! We can expect to see some exciting new hypercars from manufacturers such as Cadillac, Porsche, and BMW. Here are the ten cars you should keep an eye out for.
NASCAR Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Camaro, built by Hendrick Motorsports and supported by General Motors, will be competing at the Le Mans in 2023, marking the first time NASCAR has been at the Le Mans since the 70s. The car will have its own class, and the driver racing it will be a flagship for NASCAR fans.
Racing enthusiasts are sure to be thrilled with Ferrari’s introduction of the 499P Hypercar. After having occupied various small stores throughout the years, the company hasn’t claimed victory in Le Mans since 1965. Nonetheless, the intense 499P Hypercar might just change that in 2023 by outmatching the other hypercars on the market.
Toyota GR010 Hybrid
Toyota has had great success at Le Mans since 2018, and the GR010 Hybrid is sure to help them continue that success in the 2023 season. Despite the Hypercar class regulating outright speed, Toyota remains confident that the GR010 Hybrid will take the lead in the LMH class, potentially leading to their fourth straight victory at Le Mans.
Peugeot’s new 9X8 Hypercar had its first debut in July 2022 at the Six Hours of Monza and is set to compete at the 2023 Le Mans. Though the car was originally planned for a 2022 launch at Le Mans, Peugeot postponed its debut in order to “ensure reliability before homologation.” Now, with the 9X8 ready to race, it is expected to be a strong competitor.
Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar
Cadillac has recently become a strong competitor in IMSA racing, winning the 24 Hours Of Daytona from 2017 to 2020. In the Spring of 2023, Cadillac will be debuting a new hypercar for the LMDH class, marking its return to Le Mans racing after an almost 20-year absence.
Porsche and Team Penske have partnered up for a joint racing program in both the IMSA and WEC classes, which is expected to run for several years. This is good news for Porsche fans, especially with Audi’s return to the race, although an official announcement of Audi’s plans is still to come.
Glickenhaus SCG 007 Hypercar
Jim Glickenhaus and his small company, with their SCG 007 Hypercar, competed in the 24-Hour Le Mans in 2022 and placed last in its class but fourth overall. Despite the car’s performance, Glickenhaus was still proud of it and plans to revamp it for future races. Although it isn’t expected to win, it will still be a crowd favorite as it represents the U.S.A.
Corvette Racing is a fan favorite that is known for its American engineering prowess and its success on the track. Laura Wontrop Klauser, the Manager of General Motors’ sports car racing program, has stated that the team is considering its possibilities for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship, including the possibility of participating in the GTE-Am class.
The Iron Dames’ Porsche GTE
The Iron Dames, an all-female driving crew, has partnered with Lynx and Proton to race a new Porsche GTE class car. Sarah Bovy’s victory at the 4 Hours of Portimão in the LMGTE class in 2022 while driving the #83 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo was just one of the many examples of how the Iron Dames have been making history one race at a time. The team is expected to excite audiences in the 2023 Le Mans.
BMW M Hybrid V8
The BMW M Hybrid V8 is generating a lot of hype, as it is set to be a strong rival to the current market leader, Toyota. Featuring a sleek design and impressive specifications, this hypercar is sure to turn heads when it hits the track at the 24-Hour Le Mans, representing Germany.