The BMW M Hybrid V8 is BMW’s next big race car
BMW hasn’t had a top sports car since 2000 when it retired the V12 LMR that won the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s been 22 long years of racing in Formula 1, GT cars and in DTM, but, finally, BMW is back. This is the car that will lead this charge.
This is the first look at the BMW M Hybrid V8. It was designed by BMW Group Designworks to bring modern BMW aesthetics to the company’s first purpose-built prototype in decades, which it does through a Hofmeister crease, a unique performance touch on the headlights. circulation emblematic twins of the brand and a particularly aggressive. pair of kidney grids.
BMW says the test livery is designed in part to hide the specifics of some of its designs, but the massive kidneys dominate the look in a way that should carry over to the final car in its final scheme. Although they can be clunky on many road cars, they fit this design in a striking way unlike any sports car racing today.
The brand had previously revealed that the car would be powered by a twin-turbo flat V-8 built on an architecture previously used in the DTM from 2012 to 2018. This is paired with a standard hybrid system to the LMDh ruleset, which The state of the rules will combine for a maximum of 697 horsepower which may be reduced for performance balancing purposes between events.
BMW’s LMDh challenger is being built in partnership with Dallara, whose next-generation LMP2 tank will also be the first building block for Cadillac’s 2023 racer. Both also have the same hybrid unit, but distinct designs, engines and development plans mean most of the similarities will end there. In addition to the Cadillac, LMDh spec cars from Acura and Porsche are also confirmed for the first year of the new IMSA GTP class. If another manufacturer expresses interest, this category will also allow cars built to European Hypercar rules to compete.
BMW has already announced that the M Hybrid V8 will be debuted by Rahal Letterman Lanigan in the 2023 IMSA season. Rahal has long campaigned for BMW’s factory-backed GT cars in both IMSA and the American Le Mans Series that she replaced. He is currently campaigning with an M4 GT3 in the GTD Pro category. No plans have yet been announced for Europe, which means that while the M Hybrid V8 is eligible for overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is not yet officially scheduled to take part in this race.
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