Ferrari has announced that long-time partner AF Corse will operate the Italian brand’s factory Le Mans Hypercar program in the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2023.
AF Corse currently runs the works Ferrari 488 GTE Evos in the WEC’s GTE-Pro class and will build on that association by collaborating with Ferrari on its upcoming hybrid-powered LMH top-level prototype venture.
The two organizations have worked together since 2006, while their spell in the WEC since the inaugural 2012 season has produced several victories and accolades including the 2017 world championship and three 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Pro wins.
The factory LMH team will compete in the WEC’s Hypercar class as ‘Ferrari-AF Corse’. Driver lineups and the number of cars being entered have yet to be confirmed.
“Today’s announcement is an important step towards the debut of our LMH in the World Endurance Championship,” said Antonello Coletta, the head of Ferrari’s sports car projects.
“We are happy to have a reliable partner like AF Corse with us for this project.
“Ferrari and AF Corse have enjoyed a solid relationship for a long time, as you can see in the FIA WEC, where we run our official 488 GTEs together with the Piacenza-based team.
“We look forward to continuing together on a journey as rewarding as the years of racing cooperation to date.”
AF Corse team owner Amato Ferrari added: “We are proud of this announcement. It is the crowning of a dream and recognition of the great effort made over the years.
“Our partnership with Ferrari is a winning one that began in 2006, and I am delighted to continue it in the LMH project.
“We have immediately kicked off with great enthusiasm aiming to raise the bar even further and to be ready for this new challenge.”
Ferrari’s announcement comes after Porsche’s news last month that Team Penske will operate the German manufacturer’s LMDh program in the WEC and IMSA from 2023.