BMW has announced that its LMDh prototype will join the WEC and make its return to Le Mans. So alongside the 2023 IMSA GTP Catagory, the M Hybrid V8 will also race in the 2024 Hypercar Class. This video details everything related to the news on BMW’s entry into the WEC Hypercar Class. I hope you enjoy this video!
BMW will return to the WEC and Le Mans in 2024 with a hybrid V8 hypercar. For the first time in nearly a quarter century, BMW will return to European endurance racing, bringing the M Motorsport livery back to storied tracks like Circuit de la Sarthe, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Sebring and Fuji Speedway.
LMDh manufacturers must incorporate a spec hybrid system that produces 50kW (67 horsepower) into their powertrain package, which can produce a maximum power output between 480 and 520kW. This forms a core part of the car’s so-called spine – all LMDh cars are based on LMP2 chassis.
M hybrid, is a mild hybrid which cannot drive on pure battery alone and therefore delivers considerably fewer benefits than a full hybrid.
The BMW M Hybrid V8 is powered by the P66/3 eight-cylinder turbo engine with supplementary electric drive. The combustion engine is based on the DTM unit used in the BMW M4 DTM in 2017 and 2018. During two phases of reconstruction, it underwent comprehensive adjustments to meet the stringent requirements of the LMDh hybrid drive system. The chassis is built by an external partner. For the BMW M Hybrid V8, BMW M Motorsport is working closely with the legendary Italian race car specialist Dallara.