Lamborghini on Tuesday released a teaser of its new race car for the upcoming LMDh class (a hybrid of Le Mans Daytona). While the first LMDh cars are set to enter the competition in 2023, Lamborghini has no plans to hit the track until 2024.
LMDh and its satellite class LMH were created for unite the upper class in world sports car races. They allow manufacturers to participate in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) – including the 24 Hours of Le Mans – with the same car.
LMDh and LMH are versions of the rules to be used by IMSA and WEC, respectively, although IMSA plans to sell LMDh as GTP, citing a class of prototypes of what may have been the golden age of the sanctioning authority in the 1980s and early 1990s.
# 48 Paul Miller Racing on a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo at the 24 Hours of Dayton 2020
Lamborghini, who was contemplating an entry in the LMDh over the past few monthsplans to participate in the WEC and IMSA series, including Le Mans, 24 Hours of Dayton and 12 Hours of Sebring, according to a press release from the automaker.
Lamborghini does not have a long racing history, but it created a factory program under the Squadra Corse flag in the GT series classes, winning three GTD classes in a row in Dayton between 2018 and 2020. of Huracán. The LMDh will be the first factory prototype of the Lamborghini sports racer and will be launched alongside GT programs and the Super Trofeo series.
One thing that has attracted Lamborghini to the LMDh is the requirement for hybrid powertrains that is in line with the automaker’s plans in the road car industry. Lamborghini claims to have built it the last non-hybrid road car; all serial models will now have some degree of electrification.
# 48 Paul Miller Racing on a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 at 12 o’clock Sebring 2018
Several other manufacturers, including BMW, Cadillacand Porsche, also devoted to LMDh. Most plan to debut their cars in 2023.
Other manufacturers have chosen LMH, but that means they will still be competing with LMDh teams in Le Mans. Among the biggest names Audi and Ferrariand the latter returns to the top category in Le Mans for the first time since 1973.