This German-Italian partnership is the good kind!
Like so many other manufacturers, BMW has realized that the quickest way to accelerate hybrid drivetrain technology is through the crucible of motorsport. The German luxury automaker recently invested billions of dollars in batteries, which will help, but it also plans to take on the likes of Porsche and Lamborghini at Le Mans. Earlier this year, BMW Motorsport merged with BMW M, further proving that racing is an important part of developing new cars, but it seems that you can never have too much expertise. Thus, BMW M has now partnered with Dallara to build its IMSA hypercar for the LMDh class.
Dallara will be collaborating on building the chassis for two prototype cars, and BMW M CEO Markus Flasch thinks it's a perfect fit: "In Dallara, we are delighted to have found a partner for our LMDh project that shares our passion, professionalism, and huge ambition in motorsport and, like us, is fully committed to the goal of writing a new success story in the history of BMW M Motorsport from 2023." Flasch goes on to explain that the partnership feels right, with plenty of chemistry between the two companies from the word go. So how long do we have to wait to see the fruits of this project?
As mentioned above, BMW will begin competing in 2023, but before then, much testing must be done. The first test car will be built in Italy, where Dallara has its headquarters. Dallara has its own wind tunnel and test track here, as well as a department specializing in composite materials. Once the test car is completed, the Varano circuit in Italy will play host to the first evaluations. With Dallara's expertise in chassis manufacturing, engineering, development, wind tunnel tests, and simulations, BMW has surely found the ideal partner. Perhaps one day Dallara will work on the pictured BMW M4 or M5 CS.