A whole lot of stars need to be aligned in order to get a good slew of manufacturers fielding factory works teams in any major racing series. But those factors seem to be coming together at the pinnacle of endurance racing.

With the FIA and the ACO getting along with a new World Endurance Championship, more cost-effective regulations in place and an unsurpassed spectacle to showcase their metal and their mettle, more and more manufacturers are flocking to Le Mans. And not just for the GT classes, either.

With Audi and Peugeot dueling for top honors, Aston Martin also graduated from its dominance of the GT classes to the top-tier LM1 category as well. Porsche has announced its impending return for 2014, Toyota is reportedly preparing an assault of its own, and now word on the street circuit is that Jaguar is gearing up to take on the LMP1 class as well.

The program reportedly has the enthusiastic blessing of parent company Tata Motors, and if it comes to fruition, would mark the first time the marque has competed at Le Mans since 1991, the year after it won its seventh 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Silk Cut XJR-12.


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      Evan McMiller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just saw one of the old Jag prototypes at Road America this weekend...and that V12 sounded beautiful. And I was thinking, damn it would be nice if they did it again. This is great!
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would it be gas or diesel? Hopefully, the former. Either way, this is great news! As the old saying goes, the more the merrier!
      Lighting
      • 3 Years Ago
      @mbukukanyau: The "GT dominance" presumably refers to the GT1 years when DBR9 was battling against the all-conquering works Corvettes, although it doesn't make sense because Aston was mostly on the backfoot... only two LM class wins and one Sebring victory to show off really
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lighting
        From 2005 to 2009 the DBR9 achieved: LMS: 8 wins plus drivers and team championships in 2006 (only year in which the works team raced) ALMS: 6 wins plus second place in GT1 for the 2006 season by only 3 pts (again, only year AMR raced) FIA GT: 12 wins plus constructors champion in 2006 (again, only year AMR raced) and the class wins in Le Mans on 2007 and 2008 AMR was more than enough to put on a fight to the works corvettes, sadly they never raced in any series apart from 2006, and Le mans 2005-2008. Corvette wouldn't have as many wins if they've raced against other works teams instead of privateers.
          Lighting
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike B
          I was talking about the events that really mattered, the mostly privateer-based competition Aston faced in LMS and old FIA GT was nothing compared to the battles with Corvette. Aston was winning in 2006 because IMSA constantly handed extra weight and restrictor adjustments to Corvettes, and Prodrive couldn't stop crying. And Corvette still won the championship.
      V12Mind
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche is coming back for sure and Toyota and now Jaguar rumoured to enter, too? Hopefully they all put up a good fight. Diesel dominance is running amok. A petrol car has not won LM in 6 years. PS: Aston's "GT dominance" comes from the racing it did in Europe. Endurance racing exists beyond ALMS for those that didn't know...
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      First let me say HEAR HEAR, but at the same time, they will need to support this effort more than they support the GT Jag. Gentilozzi can run a successful team, but they have so little resource that I heard their engineer complaining they could not figure out if their handling troubles were the car or the tires. Not a good starting point for a new car/team.
      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aston Martin Dominates GT? Seriously? At Le Mans? The battle is between Porsche, Corvette Ferrari and lately BMW… And everyone runs to their mama when Corvettes go for Direct Injection and their mama ordered corvettes to drop Di.. lower displacement and put air restrictors… ‘to be fair’
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        everyone has air restrictors... Who's winning in ALMS? corvette? no, BMW And on equal conditions the 458 is the benchmark right now, the only one that didn't got performance adjustments in this years Le Mans 24hrs, Porsche received a weight brake, BMW and Corvette got more power.
      tjon901
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully it will be better than Aston Martins current effort.
      Whtubid2
      • 3 Years Ago
      The marque competed at Le Mans in the GT class in 2010. It is good news though.
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