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BMW confirms 2024 Le Mans return | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Following its debut within the 2023 IMSA championship, BMW will even race the M Hybrid V8 within the WEC in 2024.

BMW has confirmed that it’ll race its M Hybrid V8 hypercar within the highest class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2024. The WEC contains the Le Mans 24 Hours, so 2024 would be the first time that BMW has made an look on the iconic occasion since 1999, when it was victorious with the V12 LMR. 

  • M Hybrid V8 to compete in USA’s IMSA championship subsequent 12 months
  • WEC entry in 2024
  • BMW’s final Le Mans look was in 1999

BMW M Hybrid V8 to race in IMSA and WEC

BMW had unveiled its new LMDh prototype, the M Hybrid V8, earlier this 12 months. It’s constructed in keeping with FIA’s new LMDh laws, which debuts subsequent season, and can give groups an opportunity to compete within the highest class of each the WEC and Worldwide Motor Sports activities Affiliation (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Earlier, BMW had solely confirmed plans to compete within the US-based IMSA Championship subsequent 12 months. But it surely has now introduced its intention to race within the WEC the next 12 months too. “The choice to run the BMW M Hybrid V8 within the IMSA sequence from 2023 and the WEC from 2024 is a milestone for the challenge,” mentioned Frank van Meel, the CEO of BMW M.

“The BMW M Hybrid V8 represents a turning level in direction of electrification for BMW M. The IMSA sequence in North America and the WEC, which takes place all around the world, are the proper platforms on which to make use of our prototype to indicate how thrilling electrified BMW M automobiles might be sooner or later.”

BMW to tackle Porsche, Toyota

The M Hybrid V8 is considered one of plenty of all-new electrified endurance racers from mainstream producers resulting from hit the observe within the coming years. 

Porsche, Acura and Cadillac will even subject entries within the LMDh class subsequent 12 months. They’ll be joined by Lamborghini and Alpine in 2024. Audi was resulting from be a part of sibling model Porsche within the sequence from subsequent 12 months however has put its plans on ice.  

All these LMDh rivals will even battle it out towards entries within the Le Mans Hypercar class from Ferrari, Toyota, Peugeot, Glickenhaus and ByKolles.

All LMDh automobiles use a spec hybrid system comprising a 49hp electrical motor built-in with an Xtrac gearbox and powered by batteries from Williams Superior Engineering. A turbocharged V8 engine of undisclosed capability will take BMW’s racer as much as the utmost 680hp mixed output permitted by the laws.

Of the 4 nominated chassis suppliers, BMW – like Cadillac – has opted to go along with Italian producer Dallara, whereas Porsche will use Multimatic-supplied underpinnings and Acura has partnered with France’s Oreca.

Producers have free reign over the design of their automobiles, nevertheless, and BMW has opted for a glance that nods closely to each its present highway automobiles and celebrates the 50th anniversary of its efficiency division.

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