Back in the top class and back on the big stage, BMW M Motorsport is returning to international prototype racing with the BMW M Hybrid V8. As of the 2023 season, the new car will be battling it out for overall victory in the new GTP class of the IMSA series, at such prestigious classics as the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the iconic Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. From 2024, BMW M Motorsport will also compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship again with the car. The last big victory for a BMW prototype came back in 1999, when the BMW V12 LMR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That car had also triumphed in the 12 Hours of Sebring in the same season. Regulations specify that LMDh race cars have a combustion engine and an electric motor. While each manufacturer can use their own combustion engine, the electric motor, battery and transmission are standard parts. 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.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE P66/3 ENGINE IN THE BMW M HYBRID V8.
V-shaped Otto four-stroke twin-turbo engine
Capacity: 3,999 ccm
No. cylinders: 8
Cylinder construction: Cast aluminium cylinder block and cylinder head, cylinder lining as iron layer in LDS procedure
V angle: 90°
Bore: 93 mm
Stroke: 73.6 mm
Cylinder spacing: 102 mm
Valves per cylinder: 4
Engine speed: max. 8,200 rpm
Output (regulated): approx. 640 hp
Torque: approx. 650 Nm
Injection: High-pressure direct injection at 350 bar
Oil system: Dry sump system with six-cell oil drain pump and oil tank
Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH"The BMW M Hybrid V8 is more than just a race car, it is paving the way for an electric future for BMW M, by emphatically demonstrating how dynamic and emotional electrified M Power can be."
MBEDDED – EPISODE 9 – THE LINE-UP.
A CLEAR STATEMENT.
Transitioning around the side of the car, BMW icons become apparent; the forward-leaning shark nose, the boomerang-shaped guide vane just behind the front wheel arch and a modern interpretation of the Hofmeister kink.
The layout of the laser-lit kidneys coincides with the open, flow-through architecture of a modern prototype race car.
M 'HOOK' MIRRORS.
Typical BMW M design elements include the M 'hook' mirrors.
Focused on the driver.
The works livery carries BMW M Motorsport’s now-signature matte black extension ahead of the cockpit beneath the driver’s side of the windscreen; thereby extending BMW’s interior design hallmark of driver orientation to the exterior of the car.
Similar to the current BMW M models: twin BMW icon lights and the tail-lights.
The design features ‘Mbedded’ references to the BMW logo, and utilizes both blue and purple elements to pronounce the natural colours of electricity.
Connor De Phillippi (USA)
Philipp Eng (AUT)
Augusto Farfus (BRA)
Colton Herta (USA)
Sheldon van der Linde (ZAF)
Marco Wittmann (GER)
Nick Yelloly (GBR)
THE BMW M TEAM RLL.
Pure motorsport tradition in North America.
BMW M Team RLL, with whom BMW M Motorsport has enjoyed success in North America since 2009, will run the two LMDh prototypes from 2023. The team can call on decades of experience in motorsport. Behind Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing are Bobby Rahal, IndyCar driver, comedian David Letterman, himself a longstanding Indy fan and businessman Mike Lanigan. As the years progressed, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing expanded its involvement in motorsport and moved into the sports car category. As well as intensive testing with the BMW M Hybrid V8, BMW M Team RLL also starts in the new GTD-PRO class with the BMW M4 GT3.
Bobby Rahal, team principal BMW M Team RLL"BMW M Motorsport is providing us with a great car, great engine and great driver lineup, of which we are very pleased. We understand the scope of the challenge in front of us and look forward to meeting it head on."
BMW M MOTORSPORT AND DALLARA.
United by a common goal.
The chassis for the two prototype cars is being built in collaboration with world-renowned and successful manufacturer Dallara. The Italian designers are among the most successful manufacturers of race cars in the world. The contract with Dallara was signed in September 2021, just months after BMW M Motorsport announced that it would be entering the class. The first test car is being built in Italy with close working between BMW M Motorsport engineers and a team of Dallara engineers assembled exclusively for the BMW M LMDh project.