BMW to return to top-level endurance racing with 2023 LMDh entry

BMW is the newest automaker to substantiate 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 may doubtlessly see BMW racing on the high 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 principal) secured its first and solely total victory within the French basic.

Information of BMW’s LMDh entry was first reported on Thursday by BMW Blog. It was later confirmed by BMW M boss Markus Flasch through an Instagram submit.

A BMW spokesman informed Motor Authority that plans are nonetheless being finalized and extra particulars will likely 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 may 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 one among 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 will likely 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.

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