FERRARI 499P FOR LE MANS: Aims for Another Overall Victory at Famous 24 Hour Race

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….

The new 499P Ferrari Hypercar as unveiled recently at Imola. (Picture from FORZA MAGAZINE)
A die-cast model I put together of the 1965 Le Mans Winning Ferrari 250 LM from NART and driven by Maston Gregory and Jochen Rindt. The real winning car is part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Collection and gets brought out every so often to major car show events like Pebble Beach and Amelia Island..
Please come back for more about the new 499P Ferrari in the near future…….
Thanks for stopping by and as always…………………..TACH IT UP…!!!

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