After a five-year absence, Porsche will return to the starting field of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a prototype in 2023.

The German sports car manufacturer said goodbye to the illustrious long-distance race after 2017 to focus on Formula E.

Due to new regulations for the overarching FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Germans see a great opportunity to return to the start.

Le Mans has already been won by Porsche nineteen times.

Earlier, Audi already announced that it wanted to return to the endurance races.

The German manufacturer won Le Mans 13 times between 2000 and 2014 and also announced that it will take part in the Dakar rally with a fully electric car from 2022.

Porsche and Audi will not be fully electrically driven in Le Mans.

They are the only two intended participants in the new LMDh class so far.

That class for cars with hybrid engines spans both the WEC and the American IMSA championship.

They can therefore compete with the same car in both championships.

Peugeot also returns to Le Mans

Peugeot previously announced its return to Le Mans, but is doing so in the LMH class, where the H stands for Hypercar.

The French manufacturer expects to compete in the 2022 season. This class also includes Toyota, which is currently still active at Le Mans and in the WEC.

Aston Martin would also be active in the LMH class with the hypercar Valkyrie.

The Valkyrie was designed by Adrian Newey, who also designs Max Verstappen's car at Red Bull.

However, this project has been halted until further notice.

Aston Martin will be active in Formula 1 with a factory team from next season, because Racing Point will bear that name.

For the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the return of the car manufacturers is a big boost.

For the past few seasons, Toyota had it alone.

Since Porsche's departure after 2017, the Japanese have won three times in a row, including twice with Fernando Alonso behind the wheel.