BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh prototype previewed with a racy camo


BMW is showcasing its new Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) prototype that’ll compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year. The prototype is wearing a camouflage livery to hide finer details on the body, but I’m not entirely sure if it has succeeded in that task; you still can figure out all the curves, creases, gaps, gapes and intakes. Nonetheless, it’s a cool-looking livery with BMW M’s 50th-anniversary logo.

Needless to say, the kidney has been given more preference here; it’s a lot wider but doesn’t look all that disproportionate when compared with those equally large black units that house the running lights. The hood contains the retro-styled 50th-anniversary logo we saw on the M3 Edition 50 Jahre BMW M and M4 CSL recently.


And apparently, the livery contains a mashup/mosaic of some iconic race cars, such as the 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL, the 1981 BMW M1/C, the 1978 BMW 320i Turbo, the 1986 BMW GTP, the BMW M3 E36 GTS-2, the BMW Z4 GTLM and the BMW M8 GTE.

“The camouflage livery celebrates the 50 Years of M by commemorating the great cars of BMW’s storied history in IMSA racing while uniquely cloaking the BMW M Hybrid V8’s future-facing exterior geometry and technologies during the critical on-track development phase of the project. If you look closely you’ll discover multiple winners of the Daytona 24 Hours, as well as the very first purpose-built IMSA GTP car from 1981, the BMW M1/C,” said BMW Group Designworks Global Automotive Director Michael Scully.

BMW didn’t share any technical specifications, but as you might know, every LMDh car has to follow LMDh regulations which are governed by FIA. The details can be found here.

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