Ferrari tight-lipped on rumored Le Mans return

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Is Ferrari planning a surprise return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with a fully-fledged LMP1 protoype?

Rumors claim the prancing horse is considering a bit to win the race outright in 2015, which would be 50 years since its most recent triumph at the endurance classic.

A Ferrari spokesperson told Top Gear: “In parallel to our Formula One programme we have always paid close attention to other racing series, currently those run for GT cars, as these provide further opportunities for our technology transfer programme to road cars.

“In the past we also ran special projects, such as the one based on the FXX car and we have many other ideas we are currently working on.”

Ferrari currently competes in the GT category at Le Mans with its 458 Italia. Its AF Corse team won last year’s race with Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander.

From next year Formula One will use 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines which could also be used at Le Mans. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo welcomed the forthcoming change and said F1 needs to remain relevant for car manufacturers like Ferrari:

“We design and build cars of the very highest order. We will stay in F1 as long as it can be considered a test bed for advanced research, the highest technology and worthwhile for a great company like Ferrari, which is known and appreciated around the world.”

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.