BMW is the newest automaker to verify an entry for the brand new LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) class that beginning in 2023 will function the highest class for each the World Endurance Championship and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
It means we might doubtlessly see BMW racing on the prime stage within the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the primary occasion on the WEC calendar, for the primary time since 1999, again when BMW with its V12 LMR sports activities prototype (proven foremost) secured its first and solely general victory within the French traditional.
Information of BMW’s LMDh entry was first reported on Thursday by BMW Blog. It was later confirmed by BMW M boss Markus Flasch by way of an Instagram submit.
A BMW spokesman advised Motor Authority that plans are nonetheless being finalized and extra particulars might be introduced at a later date.
LMDh was introduced by IMSA (Worldwide Motor Sports activities Affiliation) and ACO (Vehicle Membership de l’Ouest), which sanctions the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in early 2020, and within the WEC the category will run alongside the LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) class which saw its first race on May 1. By the point 2023 rolls round, LMH could have Alpine, Ferrari, Peugeot, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and Toyota all competing. LMDh in the meantime has attracted Acura, Audi, Porsche and now BMW.
LMDh has been developed with a view of preserving a lid on prices, so groups want to make use of a spec chassis much like a present LMP2 chassis, sourced from considered one of 4 suppliers (Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic, and Oreca), and a hybrid powertrain of their very own selecting. The vehicles will tip the scales at round 2,200 kilos and output round 680 hp. Stability of Efficiency guidelines might be used to maintain LMDh and LMH vehicles aggressive.
The primary race for the LMDh class would be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona, the opening race of the 2023 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.