BMW is set to return to endurance racing and more specifically the LeMans 24 Hours and IMSA and today we get our first look at the car. The all new BMW LMDh race car will allow BMW to not only race to win and LeMans but also in the American series IMSA. The first race is targeted to be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona with LeMans to likely follow later that year. It’s unclear whether BMW intends to race all or part of the IMSA or WEC calendar but the intent is to “fulfill the prerequisites to challenge for overall victory at the most iconic endurance races in the world from 2023,” according to BMW M Head Markus Flasch. To us that sounds like a relatively full season.
Battling in the LMDh class will be a mix of spec series and manufacturer entries from Porsche, Audi, Ferrari and Acura to name just a few. Manufactures will be designing and building their own engines but will have to use a series spec hybrid system that, when combined with the petrol engine, cannot produce more than 670 hp.
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When the LMDh project got underway, BMW M Motorsport launched a new real-time video documentary that gives exclusive insights behind the scenes, follows those in charge closely and gives viewers totally new perspectives of major decision-making processes: ‘MBEDDED’. The third episode covers Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (USA). It shows BMW Team RLL and the drivers looking at images of the BMW M LMDh for the first time and captures their reactions. The video also gives a profile of team principal Bobby Rahal.
“Sexy, aggressive, gorgeous, a powerful statement” are the words that came to the minds of members of BMW Team RLL and the BMW M works drivers on seeing the first images of the new BMW M LMDh, which they were allowed to take a look at behind closed doors at Petit Le Mans. They were joined by a camera crew, who documented all the action surrounding the announcement of BMW Team RLL as the LMDh team up close and personal for the third episode of ‘MBEDDED’. The video follows the key players in the LMDh project at BMW M Motorsport, Mike Krack and Maurizio Leschiutta, at their top-secret meetings over the course of the weekend.
‘MBEDDED’ also gives profiles of team principal Bobby Rahal and his crew, who are set to do battle for overall wins in the IMSA series for BMW M Motorsport as of 2023. “I can’t find the words to describe just how excited and proud I am that we are being given this opportunity to race this car for BMW M Motorsport,” said Rahal during an interview in his motorhome. “It’s a huge compliment for us. And the main reason it is so exciting is that we will be able to do battle for overall wins.”
MBEDDED EPISODE 1
MBEDDED EPISODE 2