In Paris, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) unveiled 32 full season entries, from 21 teams, which are representing 11 different countries, for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The grid will include six LMP1, 12 LMP2, six LMGTE Pro and eight LMGTE Am entries, and will be joined at some events, like at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps, by some race-by-race entries.
The LMP1 entry includes two Audi R18 e-tron quattros and two Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrids, setting up a head-to-head battle for the world title in 2013 before Porsche arrives in 2014. LMP1 will also see two privateer entries and the prototype grid is further bolstered by an impressive 12 car entry in LMP2.
As well as Audi and Toyota, the prototype grid will also feature other manufacturers such as Nissan, Morgan, Lotus, Oreca, HPD-Honda, Zytek and Lola.
The grid for the GTE classes will feature 14 cars with a total of five Ferrari 458s, four Porsche 911 RSRs, four Aston Martin Vantage V8s and a single Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 from reigning GTE Am team champions Larbre Competition. The battle for the LMGTE Pro title will be a three-way fight between three manufacturers who have a long and illustrious history in endurance racing, including many victories at Le Mans over the last 90 years.
“We are extremely pleased to announce a grid of 32 full season entries for the 2013 season,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO. “2012 was a great first year for the championship and we hoped to secure between 28 and 30 cars on the list for 2013. To receive 32 full season entries underlines the importance of the WEC and a great indication that we have created a world championship that teams and manufacturers want to take part in."