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Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022
Revived Isotta Fraschini partners with Vector Sport for WEC Hypercar bid
Porsche: No fear of LMH ‘tech war’
United Autosports confident of WEC fightback after below-par 2022
Cadillac: Amount of code to run an LMDh car is “daunting”
Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Plus

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 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.

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.

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.

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: #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 2022 Top 50: #22 Brendon Hartley

1st in World Endurance Championship; 1st in Le Mans 24 Hours

Autosport 2022 Top 50: #19 Alessandro Pier Guidi

1st in World Endurance Championship (GTE); 1st in Gulf 12 Hours

Tandy: New Porsche 963 "very different to drive" from 919

2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Nick Tandy says Porsche’s new 963 is “very different to drive” from the ultra-successful 919 Hybrid.

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?

Jani to leave Porsche works role after 963 LMDh snub

Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship title winner Neel Jani is leaving Porsche at the end of this year after 10 seasons.

Thiim: Loyalty to Aston Martin comes before WEC Hypercar aspirations

Nicki Thiim is excited about the new golden era of sportscar racing that is scheduled to begin in 2023, but will not leave Aston Martin to chase a seat in the Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship.

Peugeot WEC progress "huge" despite continued reliability drama

Peugeot driver Jean-Eric Vergne feels the French manufacturer has made “huge” progress on the reliability front despite persistent issues with the 9X8 in the World Endurance Championship.

Inside the spec hybrid spine of LMDh cars

BMW will race its M Hybrid V8 in the IMSA SportsCar Championship next year and the World Endurance Championship from 2024. Project leader Maurizio Leschiutta shares the workings of the spec, rear-axle-mounted LMDh hybrid kit

Porsche unveils driver line-ups for 2023 WEC and IMSA campaigns

Porsche has unveiled the driver line-ups for its assaults on the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship next year with its new 963 LMDh prototype.

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Bahrain Full Access: Episode 4

The final episode of the World Endurance Championship’s all access series concludes with the on-track Bahrain 8 Hours action and post-race celebrations and commiserations.

United Autosports signs Hanley as Albuquerque WEC stand-in

United Autosports has announced that Ben Hanley will fill in for Filipe Albuquerque in its World Endurance Championship line-up for two races next year.

Peugeot driver Duval warns against axing LMP2 class from WEC

Peugeot star Loic Duval feels it would be unwise to phase out the LMP2 class from the FIA World Endurance Championship to accommodate a larger Hypercar field in the coming years.

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
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
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 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
How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Plus

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why

WEC
Aug 25, 2022
Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes Plus

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2022
The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause Plus

The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause

Track limits are the problem that motorsport doesn't seem to be able to rid itself of. But the use of so-called 'sausage kerbs' as a deterrent has in several instances only served to worsen the problem, and a growing number of voices want to see action taken

Formula 1
Jul 18, 2022
The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return Plus

The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return

The Peugeot 9X8 will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend. The French manufacturer has gone radical and will be hoping it doesn’t need to overhaul its contender, as it did with its first Le Mans challenger…

WEC
Jul 8, 2022