No comments about the size of the intakes, please.
BMW has a long and storied history in motorsport, and despite not currently partaking in Formula 1, has been keeping itself busy by entering new realms of motorsport such as drifting. In June, we reported that BMW was building a brand new endurance racer that would compete at Daytona in 2023 under the new LMDh class against cars from rivals such as Porsche and Audi.
The new hybrid prototype class will also be eligible for the famed Le Mans endurance race. BMW has teamed up with Dallara to build its IMSA race car and has now offered us a glimpse of what the new machine looks like in an official video.
The short clip shows team principal Bobby Rahal talking about his partnership with BMW, and shows a few quick flashes of the actual car. This machine features a pair of massive front intakes not too different from those of the roadgoing BMW M4, in visual impact at least. Massive front splitters frame a shapely body that features prominently bowed arches drawing the eye to a slim cockpit. A roof scoop and large rear wing are also visible. We only get a brief view of the front of the racing car, so we have little idea of what the side profile and rear end look like. Dallara will be building the first test car at its factory in Italy after which it is expected to make its debut at the Varano circuit in 2022. BMW is yet to reveal what powertrain its new racer will use, but we expect it to feature a highly efficient hybrid system.
"I can't tell you how excited and proud I am that we'll have the chance to run that car for BMW of North America obviously, but also BMW worldwide," said BMW Team RLL's Rahal. "That's a big compliment for us and we take that very seriously. It's very exciting because it means that we can run for overall victories." Any day BMW reveals its motorsport plans is a good day, and we can't wait to see this thing in action. More importantly, a successful Le Mans venture could lead to a proper BMW supercar revival. Bring back the M1 and make it better than an Audi R8 or a Mercedes-AMG GT, and BMW will have many more adoring fans and customers.