BMW is the latest major automaker to preview its prototype competitor Le Mans Daytona by releasing images of what will be known as the M Hybrid V8. This electrified machine wears an anniversary livery to mark 50 years of the M division and doubles as camouflage to hide the finer details. The exterior goes beyond that as it also incorporates blurry images of legendary race cars, including the 1976 3.0 CSL and 1981 M1/C.
Disguise can’t hide the race car’s spectacular shape with sleek headlights featuring two slightly angled trunks similar to the i Vision Circular concept. From the massive front splitter and see-through fenders to the giant rear wing and diffuser, the M Hybrid V8 is as eye-catching as any other LMDh prototype revealed so far. It gets a new interpretation of the M side mirrors and you’ll also see a vintage Motorsport badge next to the unusual taillights.
Featuring a Dallara chassis, the BMW M Hybrid V8 offers a wide kidney grille that we wouldn’t imagine in a road car, especially in a car that has a too vertical configuration. Its racing debut is slated to take place next year at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with a decision regarding the 2024 Le Mans entry to be made at a later date.
BMW didn’t talk about the specs but looked no further than the documents on the FIA’s website on LMDh regulations. Race car proportions must not exceed 5,100 millimeters (200.7 inches) long, 2,000 mm (78.7 inches) wide and 1,060 mm (41.7 inches) high. The wheelbase will measure 3,148 mm (123.9 in), but the adjustable distance between the axles will have +/-5 mm leeway for tuning adjustments. Without fuel and a driver, the prototype must weigh at least 1,030 kilograms (2,270 pounds).
Partners for hybrid systems include Williams Advanced Engineering, Bosch, and Xtrac. Fun fact – a complete set of brakes shouldn’t cost more than €24,000 or about $26,000 at current exchange rates. Another interesting piece of news worth mentioning is the minimum weight of the combustion engine, which together with the turbocharger and exhaust, should tilt the scales by at least 180 kg (397 lbs).
All interesting specifications can be found at FIA website at this link. BMW said it would soon begin testing and work on a Works livery that “exemplifies the dynamism and excitement of hybrid electric-powered competition.”