BMW M teases the LMDh race car, unveiled on June 6
BMW M’s LMDh racing efforts are moving forward and today’s teaser gives us an unveil date – June 6, 2022. The front shot reveals new design details. For example, we immediately noticed the narrow greenhouse for the driver with the typical air intake sitting on top. Of course, the vertical light stripes stand out in the teaser, as does the massive racing wing. The double-nostril grille also extends across the entire front end, giving the car an extremely aggressive look.
Last year, in an interview with German media, former BMW Motorsport boss Mike Krack confirmed that the new BMW LMDh project would apparently not start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023. Instead, the The focus is entirely on North American races such as Daytona. , after all, the American market is much more important for the BMW M than Europe. Krack explains that the new team is not able to fully concentrate on all the races, at least at the beginning.
Two prototypes will be fielded by BMW Team RLL, with the backbone of the racing cars being a chassis developed by its partner Dallara. As the name of the new competition suggests, the hybrid Le Mans Daytona prototypes will feature an electrified powertrain by combining a gasoline engine with an electric motor. The combustion engine will provide a minimum of 470 kilowatts (630 horsepower) while the hybrid configuration provided by Bosch will be capped at 50 kilowatts (67 hp). Combined, the full hybrid system will deliver no more than 500 kW (670 hp).
The battery will be supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering while the transmission will be built by Xtrac for prototypes that will have to weigh at least 1,030 kilograms (2,271 pounds). The LMDh race cars will be an imposing length, stretching up to 5,100 millimeters (201 in) long and a maximum width of 2,000 millimeters (78.7 in), with a fixed wheelbase of 3,150 millimeters (124 inches).
In accordance with the regulations for LMDh prototypes, there will be a cost cap of €1,000,000 excluding engine. BMW will build the first test car in Italy in cooperation with engineers from Dallara, with the aim of hitting the track in 2022 at the Varano circuit in Parma. The new race car will have stiff competition seen how Porsche, Audi, Acura, Cadillac, Ferrari, Toyota and Peugeot will all compete, with Alpine to follow in 2024. Debut is scheduled for or January 2023 at the iconic 24 Hours of Daytona .
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