Meanwhile, last year's champions of the LMP1 and GTE Pro classes will keep their fleets the same size. Porsche, after snagging the overall and LMP1 class wins from Toyota last year, will again campaign a pair of 919 Hybrids. As with Toyota's TS050s, Porsche says its 919s are updated. Ford, fresh off its return and victory at Le Mans, will once again run four Ford GT race cars in GTE Pro.
Notably absent from this year's event will be 13-time overall winner Audi. The company announced last year that it would not return to the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This means the battle for first will likely boil down to Toyota and Porsche.