BMW unveils its LMDh: the M Hybrid V8

BMW unveils its LMDh: the M Hybrid V8

Last week, BMW made an appointment with its fans on Monday June 6, the date chosen by the German manufacturer to publish new visuals – much more telling than the first, visible HERE – of its LMDh.

The result is promising, with a car whose mission will be to do as well as the V12 LMR, which gave the brand its first and only victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999, thanks to the Yannick Dalmas-Pierluigi Martini-Joachim trio. Winkelhock.

➡️ Find HERE all the photos of the BMW M Hybrid V8.

➡️ The video presentation of the BMW M Hybrid V8 can be found HERE.

The most critical task and the biggest challenge for the team responsible for designing the LMDh program was that this prototype had to be clearly recognizable as a BMW M Motorsport, emphasizes Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. And I can assure all fans, one look is enough to confirm that the M Hybrid V8 is a BMW. It clearly has BMW M genes. I also like the camouflage livery with its references to the brand’s great history in North America. Congratulations to the design and aero departments of BMW M Motorsport and Dallara for their excellent work. »

The car features design elements dear to BMW M, such as the 50th anniversary logo on the bonnet, the twin lights – BMW icon – or that recognizable front grille among many others.

The camouflage livery with which the BMW M Hybrid V8 will end its trials features many elements from five decades of motor racing history in North America. Images of iconic racing cars – the 1976 3.0 CSL, 1981 M1/C, 1978 320i Turbo, 1986 GTP, M3 E36 GTS-2, Z4 GTLM and M8 GTE – create a mosaic graph that hides the shape of the German LMDh.

If you look closely, you’ll find multiple winners of the 24 Hours of Daytona, as well as the very first purpose-built IMSA GTP car in 1981, the M1/C, continues Michael Scully, director of BMW Group Designworks Automotive. This camouflage will be followed by a livery illustrating the dynamism and excitement of competition with electric hybrid propulsion. »

No other information has been made official, apart from the fact that it will be equipped with a V8. Brand new ? No. According to our information, we should find under the rear bonnet an offshoot of the 4.0-litre P66 used in the DTM from 2012 to 2018, on which two turbos have been grafted.

As a reminder, no copy is unfortunately expected in the WEC in 2023, despite the manufacturer’s desire to entrust cars to the Belgian WRT team, without a Hypercar program since Audi put an end to its own.

The Germanic prototype based on a Dallara chassis should therefore only be visible next year in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, where the two expected copies will be operated by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, better known as Team RLL.

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