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Breaking: BMW confirm return to prototype racing

The Bavarian marque brings to a close a two-decade long absence from the top-flight of endurance racing

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BMW has this evening confirmed that they will return to top-flight endurance racing with a 2023 LMDh programme.

CEO of BMW M, which oversees motorsport activities, Markus Flasch took to Instagram to tell fans that the Bavarian marque was returning to the sport.

BMW join German rivals Audi and Porsche in planning to build cars to the new LMDh ruleset, with Acura also confirming plans for the new category.

The LMDh cars are eligible to race in both IMSA WeatherTech Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, meaning that BMW could return to Le Mans over 20 years on from their 1999 victory with the V12 LMR.

The ACO have allowed this new category to race as part of the Hypercar class, which will feature major auto-manufacturers Toyota, Peugeot, and Ferrari.

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The announcement, despite being to the point, does not provide information on driver line-ups, race programmes, or indeed which of the four chassis manufacturers will provide the foundation for their LMDh.

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Comments (13)

  • Ha-haaaa! They won't have the space for that awful giant grill πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

      9 days ago
  • Scrolling Twitter and was like "Graham said WHAT?!" and then "Racer.com said WHAT?!" and yet BMW M hasn't said anything. Not even with going into the press site. Just BMWblog. Good on BMW, but I'm not trusting their capacity to stick around for longer than three years in a top-flight thing just yet. I don't even think they'll win -- but I'm open to be proven wrong on both accounts.

      9 days ago
    • Given the BOP nature of LMD-Husky they should be able to win something or will be helped to win. Still the ACO might want to slow down the Husky manufacturers for chosing the cheapskate spec class on their side of the pond.

        9 days ago
    • LMDh isn't helped by the fact that the underdog story is in Hypercar, which, come on, why would you pick on Glickenhaus unless they start winning and winning big somehow? And I still don't trust the ACO making good decisions on what to buff and...

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        9 days ago
  • Finally the small grille returns from the M motorsports

      8 days ago
  • ….and hopefully the small kidneys from this car.

      9 days ago
  • yassssssssssssss

      9 days ago