BMW announce return to the sportscar endurance racing world

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Words: Zane Shackleton
11 Jun 2021

BMW will make a return to top-tier sportscar racing as the German powerhouse confirms its commitment to the Le Mans Daytona Hypercar (LMDh) formula, beginning in 2023.

The Le Mans Daytona Hypercar platform has attracted a range of manufacturers due to its low cost and the ability to race against the Le Mans Hypercars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

BMW made the announcement via social media, where it posted a rendered image of their Le Mans-winning V12 LMR prototype with the caption “We Are Back. Daytona 2023.”

Surprisingly given their successful motorsport history, BMW has only won Le Mans once, back in 1999 with the BMW V12 LMR.

BMW then stepped back from prototype racing the following year as they focused on Formula 1.

However, they have since been a regular competitor in both the World Endurance Championship and IMSA championship in the GTE and GTLMs classes.

The news means BMW joins Porsche, Audi and Honda Acura as the manufacturers already firmed for the rollout of LMDh. Toyota, Ferrari, Peugeot and Glickenhaus all have confirmed to run Le Mans Hypercar programmes.

BMW’s announcement did not confirm whether the marque will run exclusively in either IMSA or the World Endurance Championship. Nor did it confirm if the cars would be offered to privateer squads.

 

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