The change in the rules for Le Mans prototypes was aimed at “forcing” manufacturers to produce road versions of their cars, so a new category of Le Mans Hypercar was born that attracted companies such as Toyota, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and BMW. After several teasers, BMW has now officially unveiled a racing model for the IMSA series, and its official name is the BMW M Hybrid V8.
Although the rules originally required the production of road versions of these hypercars, this is not to be hoped for in this case. Newer versions of the rules did not contain an obligation to produce a road version of a race car.
Still, that doesn’t detract from the fact that the BMW M Hybrid V8 is an impressive machine, at least that’s what it looks like. There is little information about it, but it is known that it will be powered by a V8 engine with hybrid technology. The presentation is therefore based on appearance and not on technical specifications. The BMW M department is taking the opportunity to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and we have already seen special versions of the M3 and M4, as well as the M4 CSL.
The “spirit” of the new car is not final, but will be used during the test phase. Still, it pays homage to decades of success in motorsport and legendary racing models such as the 3.0 CLS (1976), M1 / C (1981), 320i Turbo (1978), E36 M3 GTS-2, Z4 GTLM, M8 GRE and BMW GTP. 1986).
The M Hybrid V8 is the result of a collaboration with Italian sports car maker Dallara. According to LMDh rules, the car will develop up to 671 hp, of which 50 hp will be delivered by Bosch’s MGU-H electric motor. The batteries are produced by Williams Advanced Engineering, and the V8 engine is paired with an Xtrac transmission.
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