BMW will try to win the 2024 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans


En the course of development, the BMW M Hybrid V8 prototype, which has just made its first public appearance on the Italian circuit of Varano, will be racing next year in the American Endurance Championship (IMSA). Its participation in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and therefore in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is only scheduled for 2024.

Particularly fierce competition

The Bavarian brand has not participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans since its victory in 1999, the year of its only victory with the BMW V12 LMR prototype. In 2024, it will join the premier category of endurance, that of Hypercars, and once again tough competition. This year, only Toyota (consecrated for the 5e times in a row), Alpine and Glickenhaus were present at Le Mans. Next year, Cadillac, Ferrari, Peugeot and Porsche will also participate in the centenary of the event. BMW like Lamborghini will therefore join them in 2024.

Intensive work

“The decision to race the BMW M Hybrid V8 in the IMSA championship from 2023, and in the WEC from 2024, is an important step for our project,” said Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M, in a statement. communicated. The prototype made its first run on the Dallara circuit in Varano de Melegari (North), Italy, and « now begins the intensive work of testing before the racing debut in January 2023 at Daytona », in IMSA, has for its share explained Andreas Roos, head of BMW M Motorsport.

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