In 2021, the three heavyweight endurance racing organizations have converged to discuss and organize a way for the same class of racing cars to compete in all major endurance races. The International Motor Sports Association of the United States, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest de France and the world motorsport organizers of the World Endurance Championship – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, have already collected entries from Acura, BMW, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and others to compete in the new LMDh GTP class, which stands for Le Mans Daytona h.
LMDh racing – which includes the 24 Hours of Lemans, 24 Hours of Deytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, is set to begin in 2023, and many teams are already well prepared for the events. Even though each individual competitor can modify their vehicle somewhat, there are several aspects and regulations that must be adhered to by all participants, including maximum power, weight, specific third-party chassis suppliers, among other details that we will discuss. further away.
BWM recently released an image of what will be its own LMDh racing car, called BMW M LDMh. The image of the vehicle that is to start competing in the 2023 season is more of a tease than an actual presentation, since the entire front end is shaded, allowing only the silhouette of the vehicle to be seen clearly. Let’s get into the details.
A closer look at BMW’s LMDh race car
In the stock image, not much is seen of the M LMDh other than the single-driver cockpit and arched front fenders with massive air intakes. The rear wing is also clearly visible, along with the upside-down mirrors and slanted dual-strip headlights.
After clearing up the image, however, a more detailed look at the front of BMW’s M LMDh emerges, revealing the trademark twin-kidney grilles. The ends of what appears to be a large front splitter are also somewhat visible, but that’s about it for now. The full reveal of the M LMDh is scheduled for June 6.
BMW’s LMDh racing team plans to initially compete only in the North American LMDh events – the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, leaving out the 24 Hours of Le Mans for now. This is because BMW’s newly formed racing team is not yet ready to compete effectively in all 3 races.
Rules for LMDh races
The draft Le Mans Daytona h regulations stipulate a weight of 1030 kg for the cars as well as a maximum combined hybrid power of 500 kW, or approximately 670 horsepower. Furthermore, the regulations also provide for the use of a single bodywork assembly and a single tire supplier.
Hybrid gearbox systems will be supplied by Xtrac for all cars, and chassis suppliers will be third party companies Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic and Oreca. All that is known about the BMW M LMDh in light of these specs is that they went with a Dallara chassis.
LMDh endurance racing is set to debut in 2023, and the racing world couldn’t be happier. There are still a lot of undecided and announcements to be made, but we will be happy to wait for them as we are counting the days until the first race.