BMW M Hybrid V8: Imola Spy Shots Before 2024 Debut

After its IMSA GTP debut this year, BMW’s M Hybrid V8 gears up for a new challenge. Next year, it’s set to race in the FIA WEC’s fresh LMDh category. This means a return to Le Mans, 25 years since the V12 LMR’s legendary 24-hour victory.

BMW M Motorsport has rigorously tested the M Hybrid V8 this year, ensuring its readiness. Following trials at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, it headed to Italy’s Imola for further intense evaluations. A new 10-minute film showcases this leading race car at full throttle on the renowned Emilia-Romagna circuit.

The engine behind this symphony is a twin-turbo V8, distinct from BMW’s 4.4-litre road car engines. It originates from DTM and shares lineage with the older S63 and the new S68 engines. This 4.0-litre powerhouse, though regulated, churns out roughly 640 horsepower and 650 Newton meters (478 pound-feet) of torque.

In its debut IMSA season, the M Hybrid V8 has already clinched a victory. Initially securing second place at Watkins Glen’s six-hour race in June, it ascended to first after disqualifying the #6 Porsche Penske Motorsport 963. Other highlights include a third at the Chevrolet Grand Prix, a second at Sebring and Long Beach, and a strong showing at the IMSA Battle on the Bricks.

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