It was in Los Angeles at the Petersen Museum that BMW lifted the veil on the livery of the M Hybrid V8 by also announcing its drivers for the 2023 season in IMSA with a surprise driver who comes to join for the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The first prototype developed by BMW M Motorsport in 25 years will feature a cutting-edge livery that features iconic BMW M colors when it competes in the GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023.
Drivers announced for the BMW M Hybrid V8
The four main drivers who will drive the two BMW M Team RLL cars have also been announced at the Petersen Museum. They are BMW M works drivers, American Connor De Phillippi, Austrian Philipp Eng, Brazilian Augusto Farfus and Briton Nick Yelloly. They will drive the two BMW M Hybrid V8 cars, bearing race numbers 24 and 25.
De Phillippi and Yelloly will form the first duo, while Eng and Farfus will team up in the other car. They will be supported at all four IMSA season endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta by other drivers to be announced later.
Finally, one of them is already known and will be associated with one of the two cars at the next 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2023, and it is a surprise driver that we had not yet mentioned, the American driver who evolves in IndyCar Series: Colton Herta. He is no stranger to the brand (nor to the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team), as he celebrated victory at Daytona with BMW M Team RLL in 2019 with the BMW M8 GTE in the GTLM class.
“Since the GTP project was announced, it has been a dream for me to be part of the programme. I know we are all looking forward to achieving championship results for BMW M Motorsport at the highest level of IMSA competition”said De Phillippi. « It is an honor for me to have received this unique opportunity. »
« I’m really looking forward to this challenge and I’m grateful to BMW M Motorsport for the confidence they have placed in me. I will never forget my first laps behind the wheel of the BMW M Hybrid V8. a thoroughbred racing car with a huge amount of performance and power. It reminds me of the DTM Class 1 cars. It will be great fun to drive it on the IMSA circuits. » recalls Eng.
« After my first outings at Daytona and Sebring, it’s fantastic to now be able to race the full season in North America and in this awesome car. For me, it’s a return to my roots with high-force race cars downforce. I’m really looking forward to it. » rejoices Yelloly.
“To represent BMW M Motorsport again at the highest level, and to be part of the start of this new era of motorsport, is a unique opportunity and a great honor for me. This exciting project is one of the highlights of my career. competition will be very strong and we will learn a lot in our first year. However, I think we have everything in place to achieve good results from the start. We are working tirelessly to make this possible. » notes Farfus.
Andreas Roos, Head of BMW M Motorsport
Coming back to the premier class and fighting for overall victories at races as legendary as Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta in 2023 will be both a major challenge and a huge motivation for everyone at BMW M Motorsport. We have worked very hard over the past few months to have the BMW M Hybrid V8 ready for racing in no time. Thank you to all of our partners at Dallara, BMW M Team RLL, our RMG Development Team and BMW Group Designworks for their fantastic support in the assembly, development and testing of the car.
And thank you also to our sponsorship partners. Without their support, it would not be possible to carry out such a project. The BMW M Hybrid V8 is a magnificent racing car. Now it’s our job to make it fast. We strive to achieve this goal day in and day out, and we’re confident that we’ll be ready in January when we really get to work for the first time at Daytona.