Ten drivers have already taken the wheel of the BMW M Hybrid V8


Work continues on BMW’s LMDh prototype, which has taken stock of its development program after racking up the miles since its first laps in late July in Varano, Italy. The BMW M Hybrid V8 has since multiplied its outings on European circuits in order to collect valuable data with a view to the manufacturer’s entry into competition in IMSA next year, then in WEC in 2024 with its sights set on a return to 24 hours of Le Mans.

« The first weeks of testing went well »welcomes Andreas Roos, director of BMW M Motorsport. « We did a lot of kilometres, during which we discovered the first weaknesses, which is completely normal with a new car. We have already solved some of them. Besides, it was important to get the Feedback from as many riders as possible to get a good first impression of how our prototype behaves. Their response has been very positive at this early stage, everyone is impressed with the potential our LMDh is already showing. The results will follow in the months to come. We have laid a good foundation during the trials in Europe. We are now entering the next phase of development in the United States. »

In total, no less than ten drivers took turns at the wheel of the Bavarian prototype: Connor De Phillippi, Sheldon van der Linde, Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus, Nick Yelloly, Philipp Eng, Dan Harper, Max Hesse, Neil Verhagen and René Rast.

The tests have so far focused on system checks and a first quest for performance, all in very varied conditions since BMW was able to drive in the heat but also in the rain and at night. The brand specifies that there was no « no fundamental problem » during different runs.

From this month of September, BMW and its associated team, Team RLL, will be on track across the Atlantic to continue development work in view of the car’s entry into competition, scheduled for January 2023 for the 24 Hours of Daytona. . BMW also promises to present its racing livery in Los Angeles on September 22.

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