Today, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) revealed the full 60-car entry list for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. The big news? This year, both Ford and Porsche will enter four cars in GTLM, with their IMSA and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) squads racing.
You can see on the ACO's site, but we'll break down the highlights here.
The flagship prototype class at Le Mans featured incredible three-way battles between Toyota, Audi, and Porsche just a few years ago, but sadly that's no more. Only Toyota is left, and it's fielding the only two hybrid LMP1 cars on the grid. The remaining eight entries in the class are all privateers, notably including two new cars from Ginetta.
But even with Porsche gone, we'll be paying plenty of attention to this year's race thanks to Toyota's new star driver, Fernando Alonso. This could finally be the year for the Japanese automaking giant.
The largest class at Le Mans this year is LMP2, which features 20 cars all powered by a spec Gibson V8. Jackie Chan DC Racing is bringing four cars to defend their victory last year, a big showing for what will be the team's third time competing at Le Mans. The US will be represented by United Autosports and Dragonspeed, which won the European Le Mans Series last year.
LM GTE Pro
This is a class that we and many others will watch very closely. As mentioned, Ford is bringing four GTs; Porsche will field four 911 RSRs in this class—two that race in WEC, and two that race in the IMSA WeatherTech series. LM GTE Pro will also host two new cars this year: The Aston Martin Vantage AMR and the BMW M8 GTE, which marks the brand's long-awaited return to Le Mans.
Rounding out the class are three Ferrari 488 GTE EVOs entered by AF Corse, and two Corvette C7.Rs from the IMSA WeatherTech Series.
LM GTE Am
Completing the 60-car grid are 13 entries in the LM GTE Am category. This will be the first time we'll see privateers run Porsche's new, mid-engine 911 RSR at Le Mans, with six cars entered. The rest of the grid consists of five Ferrari 488s and just two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs.
This year's running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held on June 16th and 17th, and it's the second race in the WEC's so-called "Super Season." This WEC starts with the Spa Six Hours in May, and will continue until next summer with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours as the season finale.