After several years running in categories like the DTM and the Formula E, BMW decided to make a radical change in its sports program with its announcement to participate from 2023 at the highest level of endurance competitions through their entry into the class LMDh, which allows you to create a prototype to participate in the World Endurance and IMSA in the United States.
"BMW is back on the big stage of motorsport"Said Markus FlaschCEO BMW M GmbH. "By entering the LMDh class, BMW M Motorsport is meeting the prerequisites to challenge overall victory in the world's most iconic endurance races from 2023. We will fully focus on meeting this challenge."added the executive.
The last major victory for a BMW prototype came in 1999 when the BMW V12 LMR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car also won the 12 Hours of Sebring in the United States that same season.
“BMW has a successful history in racing prototypes: the Le Mans victory in 1999 was unforgettable. Reliving this story in a modern concept car with M Power will thrill BMW M Motorsport fans. "Flasch pointed out.
“The LMDh concept ensures maximum cost control and offers a wide range of championships to participate in, including the IMSA series in North America, an extremely important market for BMW M. We are all eager to get stuck in the LMDh category with a configuration of compact and highly efficient equipment "He said.
The regulations for LMDh cars stipulate that they must have a combustion engine and an electric motor. While each manufacturer can develop its own combustion engine, the electric motor and battery, as well as the transmission, are standard parts. The chassis is also built by an external partner.
BMW M Motorsport it will participate with two cars starting in the 2023 season. The work team and driver line-up for the two LMDh prototypes will be announced later.