BMW’s return to the top of sports car racing is now confirmed, following rumors last month of the brand’s possible development of a hybrid prototype for the new LMDh class. The announcement was made by BMW M boss Markus Flasch, who took to his Instagram account to share a photo with the caption: “We’re back! Daytona 2023.”

The photo shows the iconic V12 LMR racing car, which took victory at Le Mans in 1999 – BMW’s only to date – against Toyota, Audi and Panoz. Even though very little is known about the upcoming race car, it is obvious that it will not be powered by an engine similar to that of its predecessors, given the nature of the LMDh class.

It will be interesting to watch the development of the brand’s future endurance racer, which, despite having the freedom to be an all-new build from the ground up, will admittedly have to adhere to a strict set of rules when it comes to chassis, drivetrain and components. aerodynamic. Not only will the components have to meet the regulations of a new racing category, but many will be spec items that will also be found on competing cars, something BMW didn’t have to deal with last time out. ran prototypes 22 years ago.

And finally, will it feature the new oversized grille? We sure hope not.

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