BMW M LMDh

THE BMW M LMDH.

Dawn of a new era.

The BMW M LMDh. Dawn of a new era.

Back in the top class and back on the big stage, BMW M Motorsport is returning to international prototype racing with the BMW M LMDh. As of the 2023 season, the new car will be battling it out for overall victory in the new GTP class of the IMSA series, at such prestigious classics as the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the iconic Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The last big victory for a BMW prototype came back in 1999, when the BMW V12 LMR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That car had also triumphed in the 12 Hours of Sebring in the same season. Regulations specify that LMDh race cars have a combustion engine and an electric motor. While each manufacturer can use their own combustion engine, the electric motor, battery and transmission are standard parts. The chassis is also built by an external partner. For this, BMW M Motorsport is working closely with the legendary Italian race car specialist Dallara.

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THE BMW M LMDH.

A taste of the future.

In the run-up to the 2021 Petit Le Mans, in which the BMW M LMDh will do battle for overall victories from 2023, BMW M Motorsport presented design sketches offering a taste of things to come. These were created in close collaboration between BMW M Motorsport and BMW Group Designworks.

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BMW Team RLL

DAS BMW M TEAM RLL.

Pure motorsport tradition in North America.

BMW M Team RLL, with whom BMW M Motorsport has enjoyed success in North America since 2009, will run the two LMDh prototypes from 2023. The team can call on decades of experience in motorsport. The foundations for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing were laid in 1992, when Bobby Rahal, IndyCar driver and Indy 500 winner in 1986, joined forces with Carl Hogan to form Rahal Hogan Racing. In the same year, Rahal won his third IndyCar championship, making him the only driver to date to have won an IndyCar title as both a driver and an owner at the same time.

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BMW Team RLL

When Hogan and Rahal went their separate ways in 1996, Rahal found a new partner in comedian David Letterman, himself a longstanding Indy fan. Businessman Mike Lanigan added his name to the team in 2010. As the years progressed, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing expanded its involvement in motorsport and moved into the sports car category. The flagship was the BMW M Team RLL programme, which made its debut in 2009. Since then, BMW M Team RLL has run BMW race cars in the GT class of the IMSA and its predecessor series. The biggest successes of this partnership were the GTLM victories with the BMW M8 GTE at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2019 and 2020, the GTLM title in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer competitions in the 2020 Michelin Endurance Cup, and a total of five GT titles with the BMW M3 GT in the 2010 and 2011 American Le Mans Series. Team principal Bobby Rahal and his team are also successful in the North American IndyCar Series. The team has won the iconic Indy 500 on two occasions – most recently in 2020. As well as intensive testing with the BMW M LMDh, BMW M Team RLL also starts in the new GTD-PRO class with the BMW M4 GT3.

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“To go racing with the brand-new BMW M4 GT3 and then to take the next step and challenge for overall victories with BMW M Team RLL in the GTP class is precisely the direction we wanted to take. I am so happy, proud and grateful that we are able to do this with BMW M Motorsport.”
Bobby Rahal, team principal BMW M Team RLL
BMW M Motorsport and Dallara

BMW M MOTORSPORT AND DALLARA.

United by a common goal.

The chassis for the two prototype cars is being built in collaboration with world-renowned and successful manufacturer Dallara. The Italian designers are among the most successful manufacturers of race cars in the world. The contract with Dallara was signed in September 2021, just months after BMW M Motorsport announced that it would be entering the class. The first test car is being built in Italy with close working between BMW M Motorsport engineers and a team of Dallara engineers assembled exclusively for the BMW M LMDh project.

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BMW M Motorsport and Dallara