Ferrari Factory drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi and Nicklas Nielsen had the privilege of completing the first laps in the Ferrari Le Mans Hypercar at the Fiorano Circuit.
At the Fiorano circuit this morning, history was made. After a series of preparatory checks, two-time world endurance champion Alessandro Pier Guidi fired up the engine of Ferrari's new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH), which it will use in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023. Under the watchful eye of CEO Benedetto Vigna, the Italian driver completed the LMH's shakedown. In the afternoon, Pier Guidi handed over to Nicklas Nielsen, who concluded the planned test programme.
“After so many months in the simulator, I finally had the chance to drive the real car, and that was a big thrill”,commented Pier Guidi. “Driving the Ferrari that will return to the top endurance class fifty years since the last official participation was very emotional for me. We are only at the start, and much work is ahead of us, but it feels very positive. I am proud and happy to have debuted the LMH, marking the beginning of a new adventure for Ferrari”. Nicklas Nielsen echoed him: “It was a special day... To be one of the first to drive Ferrari’s Hypercar on the track is a dream come true. Ever since I was a little boy, I dreamt of driving a Ferrari, and doing so in the car that will be competing in the top class is incredible. Of course, it’s still a long way to the car’s race debut, but today we took a small step toward that moment”.
In the spy shots, Ferrari shows a distinctive rear wing set-up using a rulebook that allows styling inputs. Ferrari has announced that initial testing of the LMH will be undertaken by members of its existing GT roster, which also includes James Calado, Nicklas Nielsen and Antonio Fuoco.