Comunicato Stampa disponibile solo in lingua originale.
After months of intensive preparation, the wait is over. This weekend, the BMW M Hybrid V8 – the first BMW M Motorsport prototype race car with a hybrid drive system – will make its race debut at the ‘Rolex 24’ at Daytona (USA). BMW M Team RLL will run two BMW M Hybrid V8 cars in the GTP class at the opening round of this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team will be supported by numerous strong partners.
After months of intensive preparation, the wait is over. This weekend, the BMW M Hybrid V8 – the first BMW M Motorsport prototype race car with a hybrid drive system – will make its race debut at the ‘Rolex 24’ at Daytona (USA). BMW M Team RLL will run two BMW M Hybrid V8 cars in the GTP class at the opening round of this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team will be supported by numerous strong partners. The BMW M Motorsport Media Guide takes a detailed look at the technology and design behind the car, as well as the team and drivers. You can find the media guide attached and in the BMW Group Pressclub at the following link: http://b.mw/M_Hybrid_V8_Mediaguide. As well as the BMW M Hybrid V8, the BMW M4 GT3 will also feature in both GTD classes at Daytona, while the new BMW M4 GT4 competes in the BMW M Endurance Challenge, the opening round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
The race debut of the BMW M Hybrid V8 heralds the start of a new era for BMW M Motorsport. For the first time since 1999, a prototype in BMW M colours will do battle for overall victory at the major US classics at Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta (all USA) as well as all other IMSA GTP races. It is also the first time a BMW M Motorsport car will race with a hybrid drive system, making the BMW M Hybrid V8 more than just a race car charged with challenging for victories and titles. It also points the way to an electrified future of BMW M, by emphatically demonstrating how dynamic and emotional electrified M Power can be.
BMW M Team RLL will field the two BMW M Hybrid V8s in the battle against top-class opposition from Acura, Cadillac and Porsche in the GTP class. The two regular drivers Philipp Eng (AUT) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) will alternate at the wheel of the #24 car with two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER) and IndyCar driver Colton Herta (USA). Herta is also the fourth driver in the #25 BMW M Hybrid V8. This car will also be driven by regular drivers Connor De Phillippi (USA) and Nick Yelloly (GBR), together with reigning DTM champion Sheldon van der Linde (RSA). BMW M works driver Dries Vanthoor (BEL) is also at Daytona as the reserve driver for the BMW M Hybrid V8 and BMW M Team RLL. The race, which gets underway this Saturday at 13:40 local time (19:40 CET), is the first of nine GTP events that make up the 2023 IMSA season. The two BMW M Hybrid V8 will start the race in Daytona from P7 and P8 on the grid, following qualifying at last weekend’s ‘Roar before the 24’. There, the focus was on set-up work for the race.
Supported by strong partners.
BMW M Motorsport can rely on the support of strong partners on the GTP project. Mobile phone manufacturer iQOO is Premium Partner, and its logo consequently features prominently on the two BMW M Hybrid V8. Shell is also involved again, as a long-term Premium Technology Partner of BMW M Motorsport. Ade Ajala, Vice President Global Key Accounts at Shell, said: “As a longstanding Technical Partner of BMW M Motorsport and on the back of a successful track record of collaboration to enhance on-track durability and performance in the WEC and DTM, Shell Lubricants has created a new transmission fluid to support BMW M Motorsport’s return to international prototype racing with the BMW M Hybrid V8, starting at the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The bespoke transmission fluid is specifically designed for the demanding requirements of endurance racing, it has been successfully tested by BMW M Motorsport’s engineering team and contains over 70% bio-based raw materials which are derived from renewable resources, enabling us to contribute to the decarbonisation of motorsport.”
Akrapovič, CATL, H&R, MINTH, OZ and PUMA are also partners of BMW M Motorsport. Davorin Dobočnik, Akrapovič d. d. CEO, said: “Expanding our official partnership with BMW M Motorsport to the BMW M Hybrid V8 project is a big milestone for us, and it would be hard to imagine a more attractive beginning to our twelfth consecutive racing season together than seeing the GTP prototype in competitive action for the first time in 2023. Creating a very bespoke exhaust for this racing car with a hybrid drive was a welcome technical challenge for our team, which enjoyed working alongside BMW M Motorsport engineers on this task.” Furthermore, BMW M Team RLL is supported by Global Medical Response and Fast Forward.
Many more BMW M works drivers in action at Daytona.
As well as the GTP cars, the BMW M4 GT3 and the BMW M4 GT4 will also be well represented at Daytona. Turner Motorsport will field the #95 BMW M4 GT3 in the GTD-PRO class in the 24-hour race. BMW M works drivers John Edwards (USA) and Bruno Spengler (CAN) will share the driving duties with Bill Auberlen and Chandler Hull (both USA). In the GTD class, Turner Motorsport will run the #96 BMW M4 GT3 with BMW M works driver Jens Klingmann (GER), Robby Foley, Michael Dinan and Patrick Gallagher (all USA). Paul Miller Racing also competes in the GTD Class with the #1 BMW M4 GT3, with BMW M works driver Maxime Martin (BEL), Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow and Corey Lewis (all USA) at the wheel.
A total of five new BMW M4 GT4s will start the opening race of this season’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. The four-hour BMW M Endurance Challenge begins on Friday at 13:45 local time (19:45 CET). It has formed the exciting and high-quality prelude to the 24-hour race for a number of years now. Among those in action for the Fast Track Racing team is BMW M works driver Neil Verhagen (USA). Auto Technic Racing, Stephen Cameron Racing and Turner Motorsport will also run the new BMW M Motorsport car. BMW M is also providing the official safety cars for the 24-hour race and the BMW M Endurance Challenge: the BMW XM (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 1.6-1.5 (WLTP); electric power consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 30.1-28.9 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 36-33 (WLTP). Electrical range in km: 82-88 (WLTP)) and the BMW M4 CSL (fuel consumption combined: 10.1 – 9.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 227 – 222 g/km (WLTP)).
Further information in the press release to download
© Copyright 2023