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Old 10 Feb 2020, 17:04 (Ref:3956786)   #406
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Ferrari is looking with interest at LMDh.
Antonello Coletta, who oversees Ferrari’s GT department and would also be in charge of any prototype venture, told reporters in Maranello on Saturday that the newly-launched LMDh platform presents an attractive option for the brand’s future sports car involvement.
LMDh Could Drive Out Pro-Level GTE Racing
Coletta suggested that similar budgets between LMDh and GTE-Pro could force the end of manufacturer involvement in the leading GT classes of the WEC and IMSA.
“The very problem is the future of GTE,” said Coletta.
Another option could be that GT3 comes into WEC.

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That whole thing feels like click-bait. Ferrari should be building a hypercar or using Dallara's chassis to build and run a DPi. The ACO needs to jump in with IMSA and require those cars in LMDh be run in IMSA. Otherwise that's just hypercar done at a restriction to be pre-BOP'd.

But he raises my same concern. If you get 1 GTE/LM team thinking about hypercar I think GTE/LM is hurting. In IMSA, if BMW leaves for DPi, the class is gutted and will Corvette and push keep running? WEC has a slightly better position with Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari. But if Stroll wants to get them on the top step at LeMans, and he seems to like racing not just F1, would he take the GTE money to fund Valkyrie and more sales? Would Ferrari want to sell LeMans winning chassis and create a DPi or hypercar on a budget?
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Old 10 Feb 2020, 20:07 (Ref:3956840)   #408
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That whole thing feels like click-bait. Ferrari should be building a hypercar or using Dallara's chassis to build and run a DPi. The ACO needs to jump in with IMSA and require those cars in LMDh be run in IMSA. Otherwise that's just hypercar done at a restriction to be pre-BOP'd.

But he raises my same concern. If you get 1 GTE/LM team thinking about hypercar I think GTE/LM is hurting. In IMSA, if BMW leaves for DPi, the class is gutted and will Corvette and push keep running? WEC has a slightly better position with Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari. But if Stroll wants to get them on the top step at LeMans, and he seems to like racing not just F1, would he take the GTE money to fund Valkyrie and more sales? Would Ferrari want to sell LeMans winning chassis and create a DPi or hypercar on a budget?
The Porsche GTE/GTLM program could fall too, if they decide to go to LMDh, therefore the situation of GTE / GTLM could be really difficult. I think GT3 should be the way.
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Old 11 Feb 2020, 03:55 (Ref:3956897)   #409
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Ferrari could always buy Dallara of course.
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Old 11 Feb 2020, 11:14 (Ref:3956929)   #410
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Honestly can't see ferrari getting LMDh just to be beaten by toyotas at le mans... but you know... ferrari joining LMP rumors is an annual recurrence during the winter or the F1 summer break, so nothing actually new.
If ferrari was interested in US racing, they could support risi with a proper full season factory/work effort during these years or just put the alfa giulia V6 in an lmp2.
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Old 11 Feb 2020, 15:10 (Ref:3956971)   #411
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I think it could happen, but they wouldn’t do it at Le Mans. Ferrari have always been linked to LMP1, but it has yet to happen. Not sure how long they will keep Risi going in IMSA, I’m sure they would do it their own way
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Whoa at the start of "This Week in Sportscars" Marshall Pruett said there is news that will be breaking soon that will have ramifications in sportscar racing big time. And its BAD news. What could this be?
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Whoa at the start of "This Week in Sportscars" Marshall Pruett said there is news that will be breaking soon that will have ramifications in sportscar racing big time. And its BAD news. What could this be?
I just got done listening to this too.
Hopefully he's exaggerating a bit.
In the constant battle over scoops, I'm surprised whatever this news is hasn't showed up on any of the other sites yet.
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Old 18 Feb 2020, 16:00 (Ref:3958261)   #415
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I thought the same thing when I saw that this morning.
MP made it sound like it was something of way more impact than the loss of Aston in Hypercar. Granted, that could lead to the collapse of the class in total.
If that is indeed the 'big news' then I don't feel so bad.
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I thought the same thing when I saw that this morning.
MP made it sound like it was something of way more impact than the loss of Aston in Hypercar. Granted, that could lead to the collapse of the class in total.
If that is indeed the 'big news' then I don't feel so bad.
I thought it would be IMSA related that is why I posted the thought on this thread. Cause it was from MP. Usually a WEC related thing like that is broken by Graham. A twist in that regard.
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Thanks to Lanky Turtle youtube for posting the Sebring test footage. This test session used to be a big deal during the American Le Mans series. All cars seen in the video familiar cars from the Daytona 24 with one exception....a Porsche that was bear white except for the IMSA mandated GTD green mirror plates. Not even a number? My guess is that this was Black Swan. Maybe someone can confirm.
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Thanks to Lanky Turtle youtube for posting the Sebring test footage. This test session used to be a big deal during the American Le Mans series. All cars seen in the video familiar cars from the Daytona 24 with one exception....a Porsche that was bear white except for the IMSA mandated GTD green mirror plates. Not even a number? My guess is that this was Black Swan. Maybe someone can confirm.
Aren't they due a new chassis but it's to be delivered to Park Place (I think) to replace the spare chassis they borrowed for Daytona?
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Not bad, should be a strong entry for the sprint cup
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