Lamborghini announce LMDh programme for 2024
The Italian marque will run dual programmes in WEC and IMSA.
Lamborghini has officially announced plans to build and race an LMDh car for the respective top classes in WEC and IMSA competition from 2024.
The car will be developed in-house by Squadra Corse and it is expected that the VW Group brand will break away from the Multimatic ties with sister brand Porsche, opting instead of a Ligier chassis.
Further details regarding the power unit are yet to be disclosed.
Lamborghini will join the likes of Acura, Alpine, BMW, Cadillac, and Porsche in the new category developed in collaboration between IMSA and ACO, with the new cars welcome to compete both in the American championship as the DPi-replacing GTP category, and in the WEC in the Hypercar class.
Chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelmann said "The step up into the highest echelon of sports car racing marks an important milestone for our company. "We will be measuring ourselves against the very best, on the most demanding proving grounds."
On-going rumours of the Italian marque's interest in the new regulations have been circulating since August 2021, and there remains questions over the system within this new operation which has the likelihood to go without a 'factory' entry – instead all racing operations are to be run by customers with extensive support. Head of Motorsport Giorgio Sanna outlines how the LMDh programme will become part of Lamborghini's racing ladder. "I am absolutely delighted that Lamborghnini will be taking the next step in our motorsport journey, the step into LMDh and the top level of sports car racing. "LMDh will play a special role in Lamborghini's motorsports strategy, giving us the unique opportunitiy to expand our customer racing activities to new platforms and enforce our long-term partnership with customer teams and drivers." Lamborghini targets race debut in the "first quarter of 2024," but remains open to evaluation later this year as the programme develops.
The top class effort does not impede on Lamborghini's prolific GT3 programme which sees the 'charging bull' continue to sell Huracan and EVO models annually – strengthened by the release of the new STO-based EVO2.
A return to Le Mans for the first time since 2010 sees an increased likelihood of the Emilia-Romagna based company to compete in both the overall and class honours as the WEC switches to a GT3 formula from 2024.