Lamborghini will enter the WEC in 2024


Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the motorsport division of the Italian manufacturer, confirmed on Thursday that it will enter the premier class of Endurance for the first time, in WEC and IMSA, from 2024. This follows a series of statements from Giorgio Sanna, the head of the structure, highlighting the intention to develop a car with a view to 2023.

The brand has not yet given details of its technical partners in LMDh, but Ligier will probably be there, as one of the four companies which have the license to supply LMP2 chassis which will be the basis of the LMDh. . This will be the first partner of the French brand, Oreca, Dallara and Multimatic having each already announced one.

Confirmation of this alliance between Lamborghini and Ligier is expected in July in a future announcement, which should also make public the configuration of the car’s new internal combustion engine.

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said: « This move into the most important category of Endurance marks an important step for our company. We will compete against the best, on the most demanding competition grounds. On the one hand, it will give even more visibility to our highly successful motorsport program, but it will also allow us to test future technologies: our LMDh prototypes will become our most sophisticated open-air laboratory on four wheels. . »

The Volkswagen group brand is thus adding LMDh to GT3 and one-design racing (in Super Trofeo) to its portfolio of activities. It is the seventh manufacturer to commit to LMDh after Audi, Porsche, Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Alpine, even though the Audi program is officially suspended and seems to have even been abandoned earlier this year.

Initially, the idea was to rely like Audi on the project led by Porsche, which is carried out in conjunction with Multimatic. However, Lamborghini will find in its relationship with Ligier links with a larger group with which it already has a partnership. Indeed, HP Composites, based in Italy, is part like Ligier of Jacques Nicolet’s Everspeed group and produces parts for the Huracán GT3 and Super Trofeo cars.

Lamborghini will reproduce in the top categories of the WEC and IMSA, respectively called Hypercar and GTP, the model of the brand’s GT3 program, namely that there will be no factory team in both cases. . Lamborghini will instead support its customers’ activities in the same way as with the Huracán GT3 Evo in championships such as GT World Challenge Europe, DTM and GT Daytona in IMSA.

Sanna rightly alluded to this in the announcement for the LMDh program, indicating that the new program will offer « the unique opportunity to extend [les] customer shopping activities to new platforms and strengthen [le] long-term partnership with customer teams and drivers ».

Lamborghini, for example, lends pilots from its factory structure to race with the Huracán. It’s no coincidence that Mirko Bortolotti, the brand’s factory driver, is gaining experience in the LMP2 prototype at Le Mans this year with the Belgian team WRT, winner of the category at the 24 Hours in 2021.

Among the teams with which Lamborghini is in negotiations is Prema, which joined LMP2 in the WEC this year. Lamborghini and Prema have both stressed that no agreement has been reached so far.

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