But even though it never raced at Le Mans, Isotta Fraschini did gain notoriety via the motorsport scene. Specifically, the company first went into the spotlight at the 1905 Coppa Florio, where it entered the Tipo D, a racer powered by a 17.2-liter engine.
Fast forward to 2022, and the automobile marque was revived to create an endurance race car under Le Mans Hypercar regulations. Designed in cooperation with Michelotto, which also prepped the iconic Ferrari F40 LM, the Tipo 6 LMH Competizione is already testing ahead of its official debut later in 2023.
Isotta Fraschini aims to compete in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship, but word has it the race car could be homologated in time for the final race of the 2023 season, the 8 Hours of Bahrain. Recently spotted testing at Monza, the 1,030-kg (2,271-pound) race car features a hybrid setup that marries a 3.0-liter gasoline V6, a front-mounted electric motor, and a lithium-ion 900V battery. While the V6 generates 700 horsepower, the electric motor provides an additional 270 horses. And needless to say, the Tipo 6 LMH looks impressively fast on the Italian circuit.
But Isotta Fraschini isn't stopping here. The company is also working on a track-only customer version of the car. Called the LMH Pista, it looks very similar to the race-spec model, but it has no FIA Balance of Performance (BoP) limitations. As a result, the V6 engine will deliver a bit of extra oomph at 750 horsepower. The Pista will come with a dedicated custom program, but details are still under wraps as of this writing.
Finally, the Tipo 6 project will also spawn a road-legal supercar called the LMH Strada. Essentially a Pista without the rear wing and with a bigger tank, the Strada will hit the streets with a 707-horsepower V6 and a 272-horsepower electric motor. Isotta claims it will hit 370 kph (230 mph). No additional details are available, but the fact that it looks almost identical to a Le Mans racer makes the Tipo 6 Strada worth following.