BMW M officially unveiled its new model, designed specifically for the new race car category LMDh (Le Mans Daytona Hybrid), which, together with the LMH category (Le Mans Hypercar), replaced the previous Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1 ) and Daytona Prototype. international (DPi). From next season (2023), these cars will be able to participate in the long-distance races of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship, in the two highest classes: GTP and Hypercar. For the first time, a finished car will be on the line in January at the inaugural Daytona 24 Hours.
BMW Group Desigworks is responsible for the design of the new BMW M Hybrid V8 racing car, which not only gave it the characteristics that identify the car as an M car, but also added elements to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the M division’s history and its activities in North America. This includes wide front kidneys, the 50th anniversary BMW M logo on the bonnet, two BMW headlights, dynamic body sides, the Hofmeister bend (albeit only as graphics on the windscreen), M mirrors and tail lights. . The camouflage color that the BMW M Hybrid V8 will complete its testing includes many elements from five decades of North American motor racing history. Photos of luxury racing cars: BMW 3.0 CSL from 1976, BMW M1 / C from 1981, BMW 320i Turbo from 1978, BMW GTP from 1986, BMW M3 E36 GTS-2, BMW Z4 GTLM and BMW M8 mosaic that hides shape of the BMW M Hybrid V8, so as not to reveal it completely during development tests.
“This design is rooted in the BMW DNA of purposeful performance, efficiency, and confidence, the determined exterior evokes the front-line performance of the BMW turbo, which is now combined with an improved hybrid electric system,” said Michael Scully, Director of BMW Group Designworks Global Automotive.
The company has not yet revealed the technical details of the new car, but it is known that according to the LMDh rules, it will use a Dallara chassis (one of the four chassis of this category, along with Ligier, Multimatic and Oreca. ) and a Bosch hybrid drive with a battery of Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac transmissions. The engine itself is a BMW design with a maximum power of 680 HP. The weight of the car is at least 1030 kg. Two such cars will probably start in the BMW team in the season of 2023.
It is worth adding that in the LMDh category, apart from BMW, brands such as Acura, Alpine, audi, Cadillac and Porsche, and Lamborghini will join them in 2024. In turn, Ferrari, Glickenhause, Peugeot and Toyota are involved in LMH. More teams are likely to join them soon.