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Is Ferrari Going Back To Le Mans?

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Today has been a day of rumors, and this one is a dooooozy. Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that Ferrari is looking into a return to Le Mans. And if that's true, holy crap. We could be entering another golden age of sports car racing.

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In what sounds like a lot of far fetched speculation, AMuS thinks that the new 2014 engine regs in Formula One along with hybrid powertrains would make a return to LMP1 at Le Mans possible in 2015.

There aren't many details, and honestly, I don't see it happening. What this could be is Ferrari once again throwing a fit so the FIA and F1 works harder to keep them around. Ferrari makes these idle threats all of the time about a breakaway series or when things aren't going their way in F1. They never leave and they never will, but when they talk people listen.

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That's what I'm betting on.

Still, seeing Ferrari back at Le Mans with Porsche and Audi in LMP1? That would be the business and I'd love to see it happen.

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Raphael Orlove

Is Ferrari Going Back To Le Mans?

Almost certainly not. They went the last two times the engine tech overlapped - the early '70s, when they had the poorly-remembered 312PB and the early '90s, post Group-C days, when they had the also-poorly remembered 333SP.

The 312PB was a fine car, but I don't see Ferrari committing a huge budget to be competitive against Porsche and whomever else when their F1 program is suffering (the same thing killed Ferrari's CART program back in the '80s). More than that, I don't see Ferrari committing slightly less money just to come second, third, or worse.

Call me a skeptic.