BMW to race at Le Mans in 2024 with M Hybrid V8 LMDh

BMW has introduced it can race its M Hybrid V8 hypercar within the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024, following its entry into the US-based IMSA Sportscar Championship subsequent yr. 

The WEC consists of the Le Mans 24 Hours, so 2024 would be the first time that BMW has made an look on the iconic occasion since 1999, when it was victorious with the V12 LMR. 

“The choice to run the BMW M Hybrid V8 within the IMSA collection from 2023 and the WEC from 2024 is a milestone for the mission,” stated BMW M CEo Frank van Meel. 

“I sampled and marvelled on the extraordinary aptitude of the 24 Hours of Le Mans throughout my first time period as CEO of BMW M, so I am very excited to be challengig for general victory as BMW M Motorsport once more at this traditional and in the entire WEC for the primary time for many years.

“The BMW M Hybrid V8 represents a turning level in the direction of electrification for BMW M. The IMSA collection in North America and the WEC, which takes place everywhere in the world, are the right platforms on which to make use of our prototype to indicate how thrilling electrified BMW M automobiles might be sooner or later.”

Talking to Autocar’s 50 Years of BMW M Podcast, Andreas Roos, Head of BMW M Motorsport stated one of many major elements in getting into the championships was funds, including: “The rules have actually modified [from LMP1 times] and you’ll, for an honest funds, be again within the WEC. These cost-efficient rules, mixed with the hybrid expertise [and goal to move to full-electtric racing] is ideal for us.

“This helps us to help our highway automobiles and that is what we’re aiming for.”

Designed in accordance with the new Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDh) rules, the BMW M Hybrid V8 is one in every of a variety of all-new electrified endurance racers from mainstream producers attributable to hit the observe within the coming years. 

It was proven off for the primary time at Goodwood’s Competition of Velocity as a part of BMW’s central function, with a brand new livery being revealed at the moment. 

Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche will every enter LMDh automobiles into IMSA’s new GTP class in 2023, joined by Alpine and Lamborghini the next yr.

Audi was attributable to be a part of sibling model Porsche within the collection from subsequent yr however has put its plans on ice.  

The GTP class may even embody entrants constructed to the Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) guidelines, so the Toyota GR010 Hybrid and new Peugeot 9X8 ought to take to the grid alongside the LMDh automobiles at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January for the primary race of the 2023 season.

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