The top-flight of cars at Le Mans will look very different in 2021, however, with the new ‘hypercar class’ rules coming into force for the 2020/2021 season. Le Mans Hypercars will be introduced to replace Le Mans Prototypes, the class that has reigned supreme for nearly two decades. To help with the transition, though, the FIA and the ACO will allow LMP1 cars to be entered for the new season, with balance of performance rules set to even the playing field between the two classes. To compete at Le Mans beyond 2021, then, Alpine would need a new machine.
Speaking of hypercars, Toyota has confirmed the GR Super Sport as its Le Mans Hypercar for 2021. Glickenhaus are also set to compete with their already teased SCG007 racer, and long-time WEC competitors ByKolles have announced their intention to run in the new class, too. Peugeot will enter a hypercar in 2022, having announced its pairing with current LMP1 squad Rebellion, and Aston Martin should race that year too with a racing version of the Valkyrie, a project that should have been well underway for Le Mans in 2021 but has been put on ice until Aston Martin’s finances look a little healthier.
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