The BMW M Hybrid V8 The endurance race was unveiled in the US in full war livery ahead of the car’s racing debut next January.
BMW last night the petersen museum in los angeles unveiled the electrified 631 hp v8 car. (640 hp), showing a wide illuminated kidney grilles and a livery that includes the famous red, blue and purple color scheme of the BMW Motorsport department.
While you might logically assume BMW is using LED technology to illuminate the grille, the light is actually generated by a laser-triggered nano-active fiber optic. The technology, which comes from Swiss company LESS, has previously been spotted on BMW M Vision Next supercar concept in 2019 and provides useful weight savings compared to traditional LEDs. The grilles themselves function as air intakes for air that passes through the Hybrid’s body structure to create downforce.
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The livery features many distinct BMW M signatures, including small ‘M’ logos on the nose and roof. But the biggest logo is not always visible. From certain angles, the highlights of light and dark paint on the rear wings and central vertical fin look like abstract shapes. But when looking at the car from the side, the triangles, which appear disconnected, merge to reveal a giant M.
Other BMW design elements that may not seem immediately obvious include the diagonal signature line on the rear side panel, which is meant to mimic the famous Hofmeister fracture seen on the C-pillars of BMW road cars.
BMW has also announced the four main drivers who will pilot the M Hybrid in the GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2023. They are BMW M factory drivers Conor De Filippi, Philipp Eng, Augusta Farfuss and Nick Yellali. Joining the 24 Hours of Daytona team is Colton Herta, who secured victory in the same race in the GTLM class driving an M8 GTE with BMW M Team RLL in 2019.