Rumors are swirling that Ferrari may be contemplating a return to Le Mans racing as soon as 2015. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports the Italian automaker may apply the development of a new 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine for Formula One to an LMP1 car for Le Mans, and have it ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in two years. This follows hints made by Scuderia Ferrari CEO Stefano Domenicali last month that the newly developed F1 engine could be used for "some interesting projects."

Ferrari has a history of success in Le Mans racing, though it hasn't won the big endurance outright since 1965. The image above captures the exact moment when the No. 21 car of Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt crossed the finish line that year to win the race. That win was the last of six consecutive outright victories before the infamous arrival of the Ford GT40 in 1966. Despite never reaching the top of the podium again, Ferrari's nine wins still stand as the third most overall by a manufacturer behind Porsche (16) and Audi (11).

If Ferrari does return to Le Mans in 2015, the LMP1 class will suddenly be teaming with worthy competitors for Audi, which has dominated the race since 2000. After Peugeot's exit from the sport in early 2012, Toyota entered the race in 2012 and has continued to develop its TS030 Hybrid LMP1 car. Porsche, meanwhile, is well into developing a new LMP1 car that will first compete in next year's race.


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      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      So Porsche versus Ferrari versus Audi in 2015? I'm fine with that.
        mufpixtintrix
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cayman
        I'm not religious, but I'll say an Amen to that. I'd love to see what Ferrari will bring to the table.. er.. track..
        TF110
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cayman
        Versus Toyota versus Nissan versus HPD (Honda) versus Rebellion... I count at least 5 or 6 manufacturers with other strong teams that have been there the past decade!
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sixteen hundred comments on a dirty cop. Less than 25 on a storied brand coming back to one of the most important races in the world.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      BRING IT! While I still love the story of Henry jr getting his feelings hurt and trouncing Ferrari's dreams for generations, (such a great story...) the more the merrier. Aahh. Just in time for American sportscar organizers to CANCEL P1. I'm not bitter. I'm not. Yes I am.
        Kiiks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        The worst part is that the UCSR proto class will run spec Continentals. That pretty much shoots USCR P2 teams right in the knee in terms of LM24 competitiveness, unless somehow Continental pulls some magic out of their a$$es.
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      J W
      • 1 Year Ago
      So Carrol Shelby dies this past year and now Ferrari wants to come back to Le Mans racing? Was someone a little scared while the 80 year old legend was still breathing?
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        @J W
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        ChrisJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J W
        Yeh, I am sure that was it. LOL
        IOMTT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J W
        Old man Enzo has been gone more than 20 years now, but pretty funny timing. But not as funny as Enzo having the last round of the FIA GT championship at Monza cancelled to secure a Ferrari GT championship over the Cobra team. I think that and Enzo screwing Ford around over a takeover bid really had Ford seeing the red mist.
      GVIrish
      • 1 Year Ago
      "If Ferrari does return to Le Mans in 2015, the LMP1 class will suddenly be teaming" *ahem* "teeming"
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some more red in LMP1 would be very nice.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just pointing out that Ferrari did beat the GT40. GT40s arrived on the scene earlier than 1966. Ford really poured the money and talent into the GT40 effort with the MkII in 1966 and were victorious. Ferrari should refocus on this.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      YES!!! DO IT!!!
      hyvee7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi has 12 overall not 11.
      Skicat
      • 1 Year Ago
      As of June 2012, Audi had posted its 12th overall victory. Sheesh.
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      we already know this did you not know it autoblog??
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