Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the Italian racing division of the manufacturer, confirmed on Tuesday that it will join the ultimate endurance series, including 24-hour classics such as Le Mans and Daytona.
This follows a series of statements made last year by Giorgio Sanna, head of Squadra Corse, in which he reiterated his intention to develop a car for the new category of hybrid models that will appear next season in WEC and IMSA.
Lamborghini has not revealed its technical partners with whom it intends to enter the LMDh category in its second year of existence, with the manufacturer developing the car based on one of the next-generation LMP2 chassis built by four licensed constructors.
Unofficially, it is said that the partnership with the French Ligier League is in jeopardy.
Confirmation of this partnership is expected in July, when Lamborghini will present the specifications of the engine it will use.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said: “This step towards world class motor racing marks an important step for our company. We will compete with the best, on a very demanding basis.
“On the one hand, this will make our successful athletics program more recognizable, but it will also allow us to test future technologies: LMDh prototypes will be our most advanced laboratory on four wheels,” he emphasized.
The Volkswagen Group brand becomes the seventh manufacturer to commit to developing LMDh, after Audi, Porsche, Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Alpine, although Audi abandoned the plan earlier this year.
Lamborghini LMDh’s performance in the top WEC and IMSA will be replicated in their GT3 program.
There will be no factory teams in either field. Instead, Lamborghini will support customer initiatives in the same way as it does with the Huracan GT3 Evo in GT World Challenge Europe, DTM and GT Daytona in the IMSA Championship.
Lamborghini is already in talks with several teams. These include Prema, who has joined the WEC LMP2 list this year and its sister European Le Mans Series, but has not yet concluded any contracts.