A bright new future for the top flight of sportscar racing. Massively reduced costs. Prototype machines that can be made to look like their road-going brethren. And a surplus of resources from its Formula 1 programme becoming available. The stars have aligned for Ferrari's long-awaited return to the pinnacle of sportscar racing as a factory.
Everything came together for the decision that preceded Wednesday's announcement of the Italian manufacturer's bid to start trying to add to its tally of nine outright victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours from 2023. It seems it is just a happy coincidence that its first factory assault with a prototype will happen half a century on from its last such campaign in 1973 with the 312PB three-litre Group 6 car.
This was an opportunity that was too good to turn down because sportscar racing really does seem set for another golden age. Ferrari is developing a Le Mans Hypercar, like Toyota and Peugeot, for the World Endurance Championship, while Porsche and Audi are taking the alternative route into what is simply - yet confusingly - called the Hypercar class by building LMP2-based LMDh prototypes.