Lamborghini is about to compete on the prime stage of endurance racing by 2024, with an entry within the premier courses of the IMSA SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship—GTP and Hypercar, respectively.
Each courses are open to new LMDh race vehicles in addition to these constructed to present LMH guidelines, and the previous is Lamborghini’s weapon of selection. Following an preliminary tease in Might, Lamborghini on Monday launched a brand new teaser for its LMDh race automobile and confirmed the primary specs.
Lamborghini’s LMDh will run a V-8 hybrid powertrain, with the V-8 to be a brand new twin-turbo unit developed by the automaker’s Squadra Corse racing arm, although one considered associated to the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 fitted in Lamborghini’s Urus SUV. The hybrid part shall be a single motor-generator built-in with a 7-speed transmission.
Consistent with LMDh rules, the powertrain can generate at any time a most output of round 670 hp from each energy sources. Different specs embrace a prime pace of 211 mph and a minimal weight of two,270 lb with out the gasoline and driver.
To make sure even competitors between the LMDh and LMH vehicles, the organizers have determined to implement Stability of Efficiency guidelines. However not like LMH, which requires bespoke entries, LMDh has been developed with a view of maintaining a lid on prices, so groups want to make use of a spec chassis just like a present LMP2 chassis, sourced from one in all 4 suppliers: Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic, and Oreca.
Lamborghini LMDh teaser
Lamborghini has chosen a chassis from Ligier, as a result of design’s flexibility, the automaker mentioned. Fellow Volkswagen Group model Porsche is growing its personal LMDh race automobile because of begin racing in 2023, and has chosen Multimatic as its chassis provider.
Lamborghini in July additionally named Andrea Caldarelli and Mirko Bortolotti as its first two drivers for the LMDh program.
The primary race for Lamborghini’s LMDh will doubtless be the 2024 24 Hours of Daytona, the race that serves because the opening spherical of the SportsCar Championship.
Acura, Alpine, BMW, and Cadillac are additionally dedicated to LMDh, whereas ByKolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, and Toyota are all dedicated to LMH. Audi was additionally set to affix LMDh in 2023 however in August introduced it had canceled the hassle to focus assets on a deliberate Method 1 entry in 2026.
Information of the V-8 hybrid powertrain comes simply as rumors floor that Lamborghini is planning a twin-turbo V-8 in hybrid configuration for its Huracán successor due by the tip of 2024. Such a powertrain can also be anticipated to function within the Urus.