The only thing that has been growing faster than inflation in the last few years is BMW’s grills. Controversially, the brand new LMDH race car, the BMW M Hybrid V8, which was just released, could actually pull it off.
The automaker today unveiled its new race, designed to compete in the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship. While it will compete there, though, it will not play in this lever.
The camouflage you now see on the BMW M Hybrid V8 is designed specifically for the car to hide some performance-critical geometry and will be worn during the test. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the M brand, it marks all the sports of the five decades of its existence. This means that the design includes images of the 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL, 1981 M1 / C, 1978 320i Turbo, 1986 GTP, M3 E36 GTS-2, Z4 GTLM and M8 GTE. A graphic mosaic.
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The rest of the design, meanwhile, should look a lot like this because the car was designed to look like a modern BMW. The development team was tasked not only to make it fast and aerodynamic, but also to include elements such as M “hook” mirrors, window graphics, Hofmister Kink, twin BMW icon lights, and of course giant grills. .
A fixture of the modern BMW, it even has a central channel under the hood like the current M4. And I must say, I do not hate it. Although it looks a lot like any other endurance racer, the front end looks more fully designed than the after-thought grille of the BMW V12 LMR won by Le Mans in 1999.
“My team’s job was to take every opportunity to make the BMW M Hybrid V8 look like a BMW and make it perform like a race track,” said Michael Scully, BMW Group DesignWorks Global Automotive Director. “The design is embedded in the DNA of purposeful, efficient performance BMW, and the bold, determined character of the exterior calls for BMW’s turbo power frontiersmanship; Now integrated with an optimized hybrid electric powertrain. “
The automaker says it will follow the example of a car with a works lever that “exemplifies the dynamics and excitement of hybrid electric-powered competition.”
Made with the help of Dallara, the race car will now go through performance tests before making its debut on the Rolex 24 in Daytona in January 2023. Designed to comply with LMDh regulations, it will also be able to compete in Le Mans 24 hours a day. .
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