Honda’s Le Mans Return Gains Momentum for 2025

The potential return of Honda to Le Mans is gaining momentum at an impressive pace. In just a year, both IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) and WEC (World Endurance Championship) have streamlined their rulebooks, enabling auto manufacturers to participate in both GTP (Grand Touring Prototypes) and Hypercar classes. This development saw major players like Cadillac and Porsche competing globally in 2023, a trend followed by BMW and Lamborghini this year. The recent consolidation of Honda and Acura racing activities further positions the brands for international competition, although a Le Mans run in 2024 has been ruled out.

Looking ahead to 2025, HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) US president David Salters expressed cautious optimism, emphasising the necessity for favourable conditions. Speaking at this year’s Rolex 24, Salters credited the team at HRC and Oreca for creating a formidable IMSA car, stating Honda’s interest in Le Mans while closely monitoring the competition.

The amalgamation of HPD (Honda Performance Development) and HRC in January 2024 marked a significant shift in Honda’s racing strategy, moving from a North America-centric approach to a global one. Salters acknowledged the allure of Le Mans and WEC, commending IMSA, ACO, and WEC for their efforts in the inaugural year of the rule changes. However, he stressed the importance of continued development and ensuring that Honda’s participation aligns with business objectives.

When asked about the possibility of committing to Le Mans by the end of the 2024 IMSA season, Salters hinted at a positive outlook, stating, “Yes.”

Honda’s recent activities in various racing series, including Formula 1, IndyCar, IMSA, MotoGP, Supercross, and Super GT, indicate a robust commitment to motorsport. The announcement in May 2023 about supplying Aston Martin with F1 engines starting in 2026 further underscores Honda’s dedication.

As the Le Mans grid gears up for an unprecedented lineup of factory teams in its top category, featuring Alpine, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Peugeot, Porsche, and Toyota, the prospect of Honda joining the fray in 2025 adds an exciting dimension to the competitive landscape.

Fuelled by cigarettes, coffee and 90's rock music

Related Articles