BMW has teased the LMDh prototype it is readying for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
A few months ago, the German automaker announced plans to join the Le Mans Daytona Hybrid class from 2023 onwards. Work on the racer is underway and in a new video released by BMW Motorsport, we’re offered a glimpse of the car.
The front end of the LMDh prototype is dominated by a pair of massive kidney grilles pictured with purple accents. BMW’s designers have also given the prototype a massive front splitter and a pair of huge canards that will help to stick it to the racetrack. This image also shows the prototype with sharp LED headlights.
The teaser also shows that the prototype will have pronounced front and rear wheel humps and a narrow cockpit. Other elements visible in this teaser include a roof scoop, aerodynamic wing mirrors, and a large rear wing.
BMW will run two prototypes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship that will use a chassis produced by Dallara. The first test car will be built at Dallara’s factory in Italy by BMW M Motorsport engineers and Dallara engineers before making its on-track debut at the Varano circuit in 2022.
Dallara is one of four companies approved to make chassis for the series, along with ORECA, Multimatic, and Ligier. BMW hasn’t yet revealed specifics about the powertrain that its race car will use.