Lamborghini Squadra Corse has revealed the first technical specifications of its LMDh project for its next venture in the Hypercar category of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the GTP category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The engine will be hybrid and V8 with two turbos.
In accordance with LMDh regulations issued by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the car will be equipped with a hybrid powertrain. consisting of an internal combustion engine and an energy recovery system with a maximum combined power of 681 hp (500 kw). Alongside the single-source ERS kit, Lamborghini opted to use a biturbo V8 (90-degree V) internal combustion engine developed by the company’s motorsport department, Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
As Automobili Lamborghini embarks on a future of hybridization in its road car production, the LMDh represents a specific energy/performance project based on the experiences of future generations of its sports cars, fully aligning with Cor Tauri’s corporate strategy. Lamborghini Squadra Corse, therefore, is stepping into a motorsport landscape driven by hybrid propulsion and fits perfectly into Lamborghini’s transition to hybrid technologies.
The main ERS components included in the standard LMDh homologated kit cover several areas, with the electric motor (MGU) developed by Bosch Motorsport. Power management and energy storage are provided by Williams Advanced Engineering while the P1359 seven-speed hybrid gearbox is developed by Xtrac.
The car, which will make its competition debut in 2024 in both the IMSA Endurance Cup and the FIA World Endurance Championship, can reach a top speed of 340 km/h and weighs 1,030 kg without fuel or a driver in accordance with regulations. As for the dimensions of the car, it will have a maximum width of 2000 mm and a length of 5100 mm. The wheelbase will be 3148mm with a minimum engine weight of 180kg.
The base of the car is designed in collaboration with Ligier Automotive and the carbon fiber elements are produced in Italy by HP Composites, a long-time partner of Squadra Corse in the GT3 and Super Trofeo platforms. The decision to partner with Ligier Automotive allows Lamborghini Squadra Corse to enter the upper category of endurance racing with an established chassis supplier. Moreover, the competent and flexible structure of Ligier Automotive (with specific points of contact between Squadra Corse) made the partnership a logical choice for the LMDh project.