BMW Motorsport has unveiled a first digital image of what the LMDh will look like with which it will take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023.
Over the weekend where the Petit Le Mans in Road Atlanta is held, the last round of the Stars and Stripes series for covered wheels and prototypes, the Bavarian manufacturer confirmed that BMW Team RLL will be in action with its two new generation cars built in collaboration with Dallara, for the moment baptized BMW M LMDh and created in the renderings of BMW Group Designworks.
“Combining the iconic elements of BMW M Motorsport’s design DNA with the performance architecture of an ultra-modern prototype is the meaning of this project – says Michael Scully, director of BMW Group Designworks Global Automotive – The shape of the BMW M LMDh exemplifies the visceral efficiency which is synonymous with BMW M Motorsport, but the design process has been highly collaborative between BMW M Motorsport, Dallara and BMW Group Designworks. “
“Making the external forms with this team is particularly rewarding because each collaborator on the project has a distinct experience in their discipline, but there is mutual respect and a drive to find a result that satisfies everyone. I’m sure this car will be. something that we can all be proud of and that the results on the track will reflect the great dynamics of the development team. “
“For me personally this project represents the synthesis of my professional design experience and a lifelong immersion in prototype racing at the lowest levels as a driver. It is truly a dream come true.”
Franciscus Van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH, added: “I am delighted that our LMDh project has taken another important step forward with the announcement of BMW Team RLL as a team that will race with the two prototypes. We strongly believe in Dallara and also in team principal Bobby Rahal, as well as in his team, which has great expertise and decades of experience at the highest levels “.
“The LMDh project continues to grow and I am confident that next year we will once again take all steps as planned to be as prepared as possible to enter our first IMSA season with LMDh prototypes in 2023. We are facing this new challenge together with full speed “.
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IMSA’s commitment to the GTD Pro Class was then confirmed with the new BMW M4 GT3 in the category that will take the place of the current GTLM, where we will see the M8 GTEs managed by the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team at work for the last time. Racing.
“BMW Team RLL is the ideal partner for our LMDh project. BMW M Motorsport has been working with great success with Bobby Rahal and his team since 2009. During this time, we have all learned about the IMSA series very well and celebrated great successes. together, “says Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport.
“From our point of view, racing in the primary class and fighting for overall victories from 2023 is the logical step forward. When racing with a new racing car, it is a great advantage to already know what awaits you in the series, on the circuits and in terms of organization; and that’s what we have chosen and what we believe in. “
“This also applies to BMW of North America. We thank them for the fantastic support. In addition, BMW Team RLL is not only one of the best teams in North America on the GT scene, but also in Formula racing, so we have all the right ingredients. to have success”.
Rahal is also radiant: “For me, personally and professionally, this is a dream come true. First race with a brand new car like the BMW M4 GT3 and then take the next step with BMW Team RLL to aim for overall victories in the LMDh class is a direction we strongly wanted to take. I am really happy, proud and grateful that we will be able to do it together with BMW M Motorsport. “
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