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Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up Michel Ferte dies aged 64
GT stars say IMSA GTP prototype switch is “brutal” but “enjoyable”
Is this Porsche’s best non-factory driver?
IndyCar racer Kirkwood returns to VS Lexus team for Daytona 24 Hours
Complexity of hybrid LMDh cars prompted WTR-Andretti IMSA tie-up

Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up and Monaco Formula 3 Grand Prix winner Michel Ferte has died, aged 64, after a short illness.

GT aces Matt Campbell of Porsche and BMW’s Philipp Eng say their step up to prototype racing has been challenging but claim they’re both ready for January's Daytona 24 Hours.

Against a pair of factory aces in the DTM last year, Dennis Olsen gave an excellent account of himself. The Norwegian is one of several drivers in the same boat seeking to make the final step towards factory status at Weissach, but has an excellent chance of doing just that

IndyCar driver Kyle Kirkwood will return to Vasser Sullivan Racing to race a Lexus RC F in this month’s Daytona 24 Hours, the opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Wayne Taylor Racing was motivated to join forces with Andretti Autosport in the IMSA SportsCar Championship as result of the complexities of the new breed of LMDh hybrid prototype.

New Acura GTP V6 might be Honda’s last ICE for “real racing”

Honda’s North American racing chief fears that the V6 twin-turbo powerplant for its 2023 Acura GTP sportscar “might be the last” all-new internal combustion engine it ever builds for racing.

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Plus

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022

The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022

Revived Isotta Fraschini partners with Vector Sport for WEC Hypercar bid

Revived Italian car maker Isotta Fraschini is teaming up with the British Vector Sport team in its bid for a World Endurance Championship entry with its new Le Mans Hypercar.

BMW: Porsche gained no advantage in IMSA hybrid development tests

BMW’s LMDh project leader Maurizio Leschiutta believes that GTP rivals Porsche did not gain an advantage by its development programme with IMSA’s common hybrid system ahead of the 2023 season.

Wayne Taylor Racing partners with Andretti Autosport in IMSA

Andretti Autosport and Wayne Taylor Racing have announced a new, long-term partnership to compete in the IMSA SportsCar Championship's GTP and GTD classes.

Ranking the 10 greatest BMW Motorsport machines

BMW Motorsport has produced several landmark cars in its 50 years of competition across several different motorsport disciplines. But which are the greatest of all? Autosport picks out the top 10 and speaks to some of their fortunate drivers

Porsche: No fear of Le Mans Hypercar ‘tech war’ impacting 963 chances

Porsche’s motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach believes that its 963 programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship is not at competitive risk by a potential spending war between rival Le Mans Hypercar manufacturers.

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

United Autosports confident of WEC fightback after below-par 2022

Oliver Jarvis and Filipe Albuquerque are confident that United Autosports will bounce back in next year's World Endurance Championship after a 2022 season that fell short of its usual standards.

Friday favourite: The surprise choice car of ‘Mr Le Mans’

As the driver most closely associated with the Le Mans 24 Hours, Tom Kristensen might be expected to select one of his winning machines as his favourite car. Not so, when the Dane chatted with Autosport for our ongoing weekly series

Cadillac: Amount of code to run an LMDh car is “daunting”

Calibrating the "daunting" code needed to run a GTP prototype has been the biggest mountain for Cadillac ahead of its 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship challenge according to Laura Wontrop Klauser.

Isotta Fraschini close to finalising plans for 2023 WEC programme

The revived Isotta Fraschini marque expects to finalise a deal with a team to run its new Le Mans Hypercar in the World Endurance Championship before the new year.

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #49 Sebastien Ogier

6th in World Rally Championship, 16th in World Endurance Championship (LMP2)

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #46 Nick Tandy

6th in World Endurance Championship (GTE)

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #43 Louis Deletraz

1st in European Le Mans Series; 5th in World Endurance Championship (LMP2); 7th in IMSA (LMP2)

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #42 Filipe Albuquerque

2nd in IMSA SportsCar Championship; 9th in World Endurance Championship (LMP2)

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #41 Antonio Felix da Costa

1st in World Endurance Championship (LMP2); 8th in Formula E

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #40 Dries Vanthoor

1st in GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup; 1st in Nurburgring 24 Hours

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #35 Jose Maria Lopez

3rd in World Endurance Championship; 2nd in Le Mans 24 Hours

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #30 Sebastien Buemi

1st in World Endurance Championship; 1st in Le Mans 24 Hours; 15th in Formula E

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Plus

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022

The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022

Formula 1
Dec 31, 2022
The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

General
Dec 26, 2022
Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay? Plus

Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay?

OPINION: Fresh from hosting a controversial 2022 football World Cup, Qatar has added its name to the 2024 World Endurance Championship calendar. Although questions may be asked about its presence on the calendar, is it simply the price to pay for having a healthy racing championship?

WEC
Dec 21, 2022
The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony Plus

The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony

Steve Soper is so famous for his forays in touring cars that his sportscar achievements are often overlooked. But as the versatile Briton explained for Autosport's special issue commemorating 50 years of BMW's Motorsport division earlier this year, he preferred the cars

Le Mans
Dec 10, 2022
How Toyota defeated Alpine for the 2022 WEC title Plus

How Toyota defeated Alpine for the 2022 WEC title

Toyota #8 trio Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa outscored their rivals in the last season before the World Endurance Championship’s top class gets ultra-competitive. Here's how their Hypercar battle with Alpine and the remaining class tussles played out in LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE Am

WEC
Dec 5, 2022
The F1 technology behind Mercedes’ Nordschleife record hypercar  Plus

The F1 technology behind Mercedes’ Nordschleife record hypercar 

It’s taken over half a decade of development but now the Mercedes-AMG One is here – boasting 1048bhp from a Formula 1-based hybrid powertrain and smashing the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record for a production car with Maro Engel at the wheel last month. ROBERT HOLMES wonders if it can now claim to be the ultimate hypercar...

GT
Nov 30, 2022
The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age Plus

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The organisers of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship worked together to devise the popular new LMDh rule set. But to turn it from an idea into reality, some serious compromises were involved - both from the prospective LMDh entrants and those with existing Le Mans Hypercar projects...

IMSA
Nov 25, 2022
Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past Plus

Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past

Rising sportscar star Adam Smalley had to pinch himself when offered the chance to drive the car that won the world’s most famous enduro in 1987

Historics
Sep 6, 2022