The last overall victory at Le Mans for a Ferrari was in 1965 when the small North American Racing Team (NART), won with a 250 LM driven by Maston Gregory and future F1 Champ Jochen Rindt. After this win for the iconic Italian brand, Ford would go on to dominate the 24 Hour Race in France for the rest of the 60’s and then the Porsche dominance would take hold for the top spot in the 70’s. The actual last Ferrari Factory Team effort at the top spot overall win in the Prototype Class was in 1973 with a 312P open spyder racer. So it has been 50 years since Ferrari had produced a racer capable of an overall win at the famous track in France, or most other Endurance Races.
That is all about to change now with the introduction of the 499P in the new LM Hypercar Class. In June of this year, 2023, the Ferrari Factory Team will field 2 new cars bearing the numbers 50 and 51 in honor of the 50th Anniversary that a Ferrari Team Car ran for an overall victory back in 1973….