2023 BMW M Hybrid V8 has been revealed to dominate 24 hours of Daytona. The Endurance Racing Challenger by BMW will go up against entries from Cadillac, Acura, Porsche, and others. The prototype version from BMW is cloaked in camouflage sorts of. The car is eligible to race at both Daytona, and 24 hours of Le Mans, although the main focus is the former and the accompanying full IMSA championship.
The endurance racing battle is heating up. As major manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, Cadillac, Acura, and BMW have prepared prototype cars for both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Daytona and the World Endurance Championship (WEC), featuring the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The test top-class racer from BMW has given the first full look at its entry, still wrapped in a camouflage of sorts.
The BMW M Hybrid V8, the prototype has typical endurance-racing proportions with a low hood, narrow cockpit, flared wheel arches, and towering rear wing. But the gaping kidney grills dominating the front end are distinctly BMW, and the LED strips in the headlight housings mimic the twin lights on production BMWs. The BMW Motorsport 50th Anniversary badge lies on the hood between two extreme character lines, just like the 2023 M4. While the LED taillights echo the ones found on the latest M4 CSL, BMW also designed the window with the iconic Hofmeister kink design.
The GTP cars are RWD only and will use a standard hybrid system, allowing the teams to mate it to a gas engine of their choice. As the name implies BMW has chosen a V8, but no specifics have been revealed yet. Each team must also choose a chassis from one of four suppliers, and BMW is partnering with Dallara. The LMH cars allow far more freedom but also cost much more to develop. These can be R- or AWD, and manufacturers can design their hybrid system if they are using one. The M Hybrid V8 is set to make its competitive debut at the opening race of the 2023 IMSA, the 24 Hours of Daytona.
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