BMW has announced a comeback to Le Mans, joining other automakers.
The BMW M Hybrid V8 will race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans in 2024.
BMW's first prototype run in 25 years! In 1999, Joachim Winkelhock, Pierluigi Martini, and Yannick Dalmas won in their V12 LMR.
The BMW M Hybrid V8 will compete in the Hypercar class, and testing is ongoing as the model "finished its roll-out at Dallara in Varano de Melegari." BMW M Motorsport boss Andreas Roos stated they're "working determinedly" to return to Le Mans.
BMW M CEO Frank van Meel commented, "Running the BMW M Hybrid V8 in IMSA from 2023 and the WEC from 2024 is a milestone for the project." He continued, "The IMSA series in North America and the WEC, which takes place worldwide, are great platforms to illustrate how thrilling electrified BMW M vehicles will be in the future."
The LMDh prototype was debuted last month with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering 631 horsepower (471 kW / 640 PS) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.