• Tim Fullbrook

BMW to reveal 2023 LMDh challenger on 6th June

The German marque will lift the covers on the 'M LMDh' early next week

BMW has publicly announced that their new LMDh will be revealed to the world on Monday 6th June. The German marque published a single image of their 2023 prototype under the cover of darkness earlier this afternoon, and has set Monday next week as the day when the newest M-badged racer is uncovered.

Set to debut at the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 'M LMDh' will be one of a number of cars making their debut in IMSA's GTP class which includes Acura, Cadillac, and Porsche.

A two-car programme will be run in IMSA’s WeatherTech Sportscar Championship by Team RLL, a long-standing partner in North American competition.

The outfit has run BMW cars in the American Le Mans Series and United Sportscar since 2009, from the M3 GT2, to the M8 GTE, and most recently the M4 GT3 raced in the GTD PRO class – scoring multiple class wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Revealed in their MBEDDED Series, and confirmed today, the new prototype will be powered a 4-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine that is based on the former DTM power unit used between 2012-18 where BMW claimed three drivers' and three teams' titles. The combustion engine will then be combined with the spec-hybrid unit that all LMDh cars will use.

BMW is one of two brands using Dallara’s next-Gen LMP2 chassis as the base for their LMDh, but could be the first to reveal their car to the world – unless Cadillac beat them to it at this weekend's IMSA round at Detroit Belle Isle.

The GM brand announced in August 2021 that they would continue their relationship with the Italian brand which has seen them take numerous championships with the Dallara-chassised DPi-V.R.

There remains no official confirmation that BMW will take the LMDh to the WEC, but it is understood that Munich are investigating options for 2024 which may include a factory effort being operated by Team WRT.

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