The winner of the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours with the V12 LMR prototype has revealed its intent to affix the brand new class after confirming final week that it was one of many choices beneath assessment because it plotted its post-Formulation E future.
Now, it has firmed up its intent to affix a category that already has agency commitments from Porsche, Audi and Honda’s Acura model.
The affirmation that the German producer might be a part of a class that may span the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship got here through the Instagram account of Markus Flasch, boss of the BMW M model into which BMW Motorsport has been included.
The publish from Flasch is made up of a picture of the Williams-built V12 LMR with the phrases ‘We’re again, Daytona 2023’.
The 2023 Daytona 24 Hours is successfully the primary race at which LMP2-based LMDh equipment can race.
The IMSA SportsCar Championship, of which Daytona is the normal collection opener, is changing its Daytona Prototype worldwide class for 2023 with LMDh.
The WEC has left the door open for LMDh prototypes to affix the Le Mans Hypercars in its prime division earlier than that date which coincides with the introduction of the subsequent era of LMP2 equipment on which they are going to be based mostly.
The perfunctory announcement affords no perception into whether or not BMW is planning twin programmes throughout IMSA and the WEC.
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However Flasch indicated final week that a capability to race LMDh prototypes in each arenas was a significant attraction of the class.
Requested if that means made LMDh an attractive prospect, he replied: “Sure it does. That’s a part of our evaluation, completely.”
BMW’s final prototype programme spanned the Atlantic: the Schnitzer workforce ran the V12 LMR at Le Mans in 1999 and in addition raced within the inaugural yr of the American Le Mans Sequence.
Its programme included a successful debut for the automotive on the season-opening Sebring 12 Hours in March.
Schnitzer returned to the North American collection with the V12 LMR in 2000, however didn’t defend its Le Mans crown after BMW made its return to F1 with Williams.
Flasch made it clear that he noticed a manufacturing facility future for BMW above its customer-orientated programmes after the top of its involvement in FE on the finish of the 2020/21 season.
BMW should choose one of many 4 constructors — ORECA, Multimatic, Ligier and Dallara — with licences to construct LMP2 prototypes.
It is going to be capable of type the automotive to its personal necessities and used its personal inner combustion engine, which might be mated to a spec rear-axle hybrid system equipped by Williams Superior Engineering.