Following intense speculation, Aston Martin has confirmed that their FIA WEC Hypercar project is “on hold”, with the brand focusing on F1 and the ongoing GTE programme. Following a major investment from billionaire Lawrence Stroll, and the announcement that the Racing Point F1 team would be re-branded as Aston Martin from 2021, there had been mounting speculation that the upcoming FIA WEC Hypercar project would be canned.
There have been no announcements on progress since September 2019, and no racing cars have been produced as yet. It is understood that Red Bull’s extensive involvement in the Valkyrie road and race car programmes was unacceptable to Stroll, who would not wish to compete in endurance racing alongside a rival F1 team.
Aston Martin have stated that they are still keen to return to top class prototype racing, and may look at a programme in the newly announced LMDh class.
The announcement leaves just two confirmed Hypercar manufacturers for 2021, in Toyota and Glickenhaus. Peugeot were stated to join the Hypercar ranks in 2022, but are now also looking at an LMDh category programme instead.