BMW M on Monday revealed its sports activities prototype being developed for the brand new LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) class of race automotive eligible for the highest lessons of each the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship ranging from 2023.
Known as the BMW M Hybrid V8, the automotive encompasses a design that is distinctly BMW, because of a kidney grille and Hofmeister kink (on this case solely a graphic). The automotive additionally sports activities “50 Jahre BMW M” scripts to mark this 12 months’s fiftieth anniversary of the founding of BMW M. Jahre is the German phrase for “years.”
BMW M has solely dedicated to the SportsCar Championship so far, within the sequence’ premier GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) class, however hasn’t dominated out an entry within the WEC’s Hypercar class particularly for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the principle occasion on the WEC calendar. It means we might probably see BMW M competing on the prime stage at Le Mans for the primary time since 1999, again when its V12 LMR sports activities prototype secured the automaker’s first and solely total victory within the French basic.
The GTP and Hypercar lessons will probably be open to each LMDh race automobiles and people constructed to Le Mans Hypercar guidelines, as Steadiness of Efficiency measures will probably be used to make sure an excellent taking part in area.
2023 BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh race automotive
In step with LMDh guidelines, BMW M makes use of a chassis sourced from Italy’s Dallara, one in all 4 corporations supplying chassis for the class. The automotive might want to tip the scales at a minimal 1,030 kilograms (2,270 kilos), and its powertrain, an undisclosed V-8 hybrid setup, can generate at any time a most output of round 670 hp.
BMW M will run its LMDh marketing campaign with America’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, underneath the BMW Staff RLL banner. The present plan is to area two of the automobiles within the 2023 SportsCar Championship. Bobby Rahal, co-owner of RLL Racing, will function workforce principal. He’ll work carefully with Maurizio Leschiutta, mission chief at BMW M for the LMDh program.
Alpine, Audi, Cadillac and Porsche are all dedicated to LMDh, whereas Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Toyota are all dedicated to LMH. Lamborghini additionally introduced in Might that it’s going to be a part of the LMDh fold in 2024.
The primary race for LMDh would be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona subsequent January. The race is the opening spherical of the 2023 SportsCar Championship.