The ACO has previously stated that any Hypercar entrant wishing to enter Le Mans must enter the full WEC season also, but Glickenhaus says that has not yet been specified for this potential new entry.
“If they said you had to race the rest of the WEC season, that would add to the cost,” he says. “If they didn’t, it could be closer to six million euros.”
The new-for-2023 LMDh class has been introduced in part as a more cost-effective top-level alternative to Hypercars, but Glickenhaus thinks he believes his offer could be even cheaper — based on the rumoured price he’s heard quoted to run one of Porsche’s cars from 2023.
“We wouldn’t mark it up, beyond what we would need to build the car,” he says. “I’m not going to sell a car for exactly what it cost me to build it, but on the other hand…
“The numbers that I’ve heard from Porsche on the LMDh are that the car and the budget that you need to commit to is over 10 million euros.
“The 007 is a much more sophisticated car, it’s a battle-proven car, it’s much lower running costs to be honest with you, especially with the non-hybrid engine.”
The entry list for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours should have been published last week but Le Mans organiser, the ACO, announced earlier today that there were now spaces available as a result of the FIA restrictions which require Russian drivers to race under a neutral flag. G-Drive announced the withdrawal of its LMP2 entry at the weekend, saying that the requirement was “discriminatory”
“Recent measures taken by international sporting bodies following the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops affect motorsport teams and drivers,” the ACO said in a statement. “The selection committee has therefore decided to invite new applications for the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans for a limited 48-hour period.”
Glickenhaus believes his Hypercar, which finished fourth in last year’s race, combined with the Balance of Performance (BoP) tweaks to level the top playing field, makes his £5m asking price an attractive proposition.
“I think the things you will see in a couple of days when the BoP changes, is that we’re gonna have a real chance to win this thing,” he says.