Lamborghini is constructing a brand new hybrid prototype to tackle the likes of Ferrari, BMW, Porsche and Toyota in top-level sportscar endurance racing.
Lamborghini has confirmed it can compete within the prime rung of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the primary time in its historical past. The corporate’s Squadra Corse motorsport division is growing an LMDh hybrid sports activities automotive prototype, permitting it to compete for total victory in a few of the world’s most prestigious endurance racing occasions, together with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona 24 Hours.
- Lamborghini will enter top-tier of WEC, IMSA in 2024
- Says LMDh prototypes will probably be “open laboratory on 4 wheels”
Lamborghini will use LMDh racing to check hybrid tech
By the top of 2024, Lamborghini plans to hybridise its total vary and has referred to as the brand new LMDh class the “good match” with its transition to hybrid applied sciences. “This step up into the best echelon of sports activities automotive racing marks an necessary milestone for our firm,” stated Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini chairman and CEO.
“We will probably be measuring ourselves in opposition to the perfect, on essentially the most demanding proving grounds. On one hand, this can give our profitable motorsports program much more visibility, however it can additionally permit us to check future applied sciences: our LMDh prototypes will turn into our most refined open laboratory on 4 wheels.”
Lamborghini’s LMDh program will run along with its GT racing efforts in GT3 and Tremendous Trofeo.
LMDh guidelines defined
Debuting subsequent season, the brand new LMDh class will give groups the possibility to compete within the highest class of each the WEC and IMSA championships. The automobiles will probably be loosely primarily based on LMP2 equipment and the entire spine of the automotive (minus the interior combustion engine and hybrid system) will probably be equipped by one among 4 chassis producers – Ligier, Dallara, Oreca or Multimatic. There will probably be a standard rear-axle hybrid system for all rivals, however producers can match their very own bodywork styling components and powertrain.
Lamborghini will enter the class from 2024, and whereas a provider hasn’t been confirmed, it’s largely anticipated to associate with Ligier. It’s the sixth producer to decide to the LMDh class, together with Porsche, Cadillac, Alpine, BMW and Acura. Audi had earlier introduced plans to additionally develop a prototype, primarily based on sibling firm Porsche’s race automotive, nonetheless, the undertaking is formally on pause.
All these LMDh rivals may also battle it out in opposition to entries within the Le Mans Hypercar class from Ferrari, Toyota, Peugeot, Glickenhaus and ByKolles.