BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh to race at Le Mans from 2024

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BMW will enter its new M Hybrid V8 race automobile within the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2024, the automaker stated on Tuesday.

This might be addition to BMW’s beforehand introduced participation within the IMSA SportsCar Championship ranging from 2023.

The M Hybrid V8 has been designed to fulfill new LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) laws, with the vehicles eligible for each the GTP and Hypercar lessons, the respective premier lessons of the World Endurance and Sports activities Automobile Championships. Likewise, vehicles designed to fulfill present LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) laws are additionally eligible for each lessons. Stability of Efficiency guidelines might be used to make sure an excellent enjoying area.

2023 BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh and 1999 BMW V12 LMR race cars

2023 BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh and 1999 BMW V12 LMR race vehicles

Crucially, the M Hybrid V8’s entry within the World Endurance Championship means BMW will compete on the prime stage within the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the premier occasion on the World Endurance Championship calendar. It will likely be the primary time for BMW since 1999, again when its V12 LMR sports activities prototype secured the automaker’s first and solely total victory within the French basic. In the identical yr, the automobile additionally triumphed on the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Acura, Alpine, Audi (possibly), Cadillac, Lamborghini and Porsche are all growing LMDh race vehicles, whereas ByKolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Toyota are all growing or have developed LMH vehicles.

The M Hybrid V8 makes use of a chassis sourced from Italy’s Dallara, certainly one of 4 corporations supplying chassis for the class. The automobile might want to tip the scales at a minimal 1,030 kilograms (2,270 kilos), and its powertrain, a hybrid setup utilizing a twin-turbocharged model of a 4.0-liter V-8 from a former DTM racing program, can generate at any time a most output of round 670 hp.

2023 BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh race car's engine

2023 BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh race automobile’s engine

BMW M will run its LMDh marketing campaign with America’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, beneath the BMW Crew RLL banner. The present plan is to area two of the vehicles within the 2023 SportsCar Championship. Bobby Rahal, co-owner of RLL Racing, will function workforce principal. He’ll work intently with Maurizio Leschiutta, mission chief at BMW for the LMDh program. It is not clear whether or not Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing may even be tapped for the World Endurance Championship entry. BMW can be but to call any drivers for its LMDh program.

The M Hybrid V8 underwent its preliminary shakedown take a look at on Monday at Italy’s Varano de Melegari circuit. Extra checks will happen in Europe all through August earlier than this system switches to the U.S. in September.

The primary race would be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona subsequent January. The race is the opening spherical of the 2023 SportsCar Championship, and the primary for LMDh.

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