Lamborghini Squadra Corse is developing its first LMDh prototype, which will debut in 2024 in the FIA World Endurance Championship (Hypercar) and IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship (GTP class).
Since 2015 Lamborghini has been riding at the top of GT racing, celebrating more than 40 titles including the triple victory in the GTD class at the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona between 2018 and 2020 was the first time a manufacturer has won three times in a row. .
Now the company’s commitment to the LMDh class is the step to the highest level of sports motor racing, allowing Lamborghini to compete for overall victories in the world’s most prestigious endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Lamborghini in LMDh from 2024
« This rise to the highest echelon of sports motor racing marks an important milestone for our company, » said Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Lamborghini.
“We will compete against the best, on the most demanding circuits. On the one hand, this will give even more visibility to our already successful motorsport programme, but it will also allow us to test future technologies: our prototypes LMDh will become our most sophisticated open laboratory on four wheels. »
The LMDh therefore fits perfectly into Lamborghini’s transition to hybrid technologies: by the end of 2024, the entire Lamborghini range will be hybridized. LMDh is the acronym for Le Mans Daytona hybrid and gives the name to the new category of sports prototype racing cars which will make their debut in 2023, offering the opportunity to participate in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and to the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in the highest category.
For Lamborghini, the LMDh program will complement Squadra Corse’s GT platform of Super Trofeo and GT3, which remains the core of its motorsport business for customers.
Giorgio Sanna, Head of Motorsport at Lamborghini
« I am absolutely delighted that Lamborghini is taking the next step in its motorsport journey, that of LMDh and the top level of sports motor racing. The LMDh will play a special role in Lamborghini’s motorsport strategy, in providing the unique opportunity to expand our customer racing activities to new platforms and strengthen our long-term partnership with customer teams and drivers. »
Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest
« To be joined by such a prestigious brand as Lamborghini is fantastic for endurance racing. The hypercar, the discipline’s new top category, has attracted car manufacturers from all over the world. We will soon be celebrating the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans , and a new golden age of Endurance has just begun. For my part, I am ready to make the most of it ».
IMSA President John Doonan
« IMSA enjoys a long-standing partnership with Lamborghini, which dates back to the introduction of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America a decade ago and continues into a successful GTD program. We are proud that Lamborghini confirms its intention to further develop its IMSA footprint in 2024 in GTP and the top category of prototype sports car racing. »
“Having another manufacturer of this caliber commit to racing in GTP reinforces the LMDh technical platform that we have developed alongside our ACO partners, and we look forward to seeing these new Lamborghini prototypes make their debut. in the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”