With the 24-hour Le Mans already cancelled, Ferrari is conducting a Virtual Le Mans of its own at its headquarters in Maranello. The virtual Le Mans 24 hours will be hosted on 30 June at the Ferrari Maranello Museum.
Visitors at the museum would be able to watch this first-ever live virtual Le Mans. The Museum is already home to the “Ferrari at 24 Hours Le Mans exhibition dedicated to 70 years of Prancing Horse victories on the famous French track. Official drivers who are scheduled to run the three 488 GTEs are car no. 51, no.52 and no.71 driven by appointed drivers: Nicklas Nielsen, David Perel, Kasper Stoltze, Matteo Caruso, Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi, Enzo Bonito, David Tonizza Miguel Molina, Federico Leo, Amos Laurito and Jordy Zwiers. Car no.52 features the two FDA Hublot Esport Team drivers.
How real is a Virtual Le Mans 24-hour?
Driver s aside, Ferrari goes the distance to make this virtual Le Mans as real as possible. They have available the Competizioni GT technicians and engineers on standby to help select optimal race set-ups and strategies. That way, Ferrari makes sure fans and enthusiasts can experience it in complete safety and in full compliance with current social distancing egulations.
The first free practices will take place on 10 – 11 June from 10 am to 10 pm. On 12 June, the session will end at 5 pm, just before the official qualifying which, for GTE class cars, is from 6:10 pm to 6:25 pm. The next day, the race will be flagged off at 3 pm. Sunday, 14 June, will signal the end of the race, at 3 pm.
Given current limited access , time slots and ticket purchasing can be made through the online ticket office at the Museums’ websites (musei.ferrari.com/en).