2023 is shaping up to be a bumper year for sportscar racing with BMW M’s CEO, Markus Flasch, revealing via an Instagram post that the company will field an LMDh car. It will join fellow German marques Audi and Porsche in the US IMSA series, alongside Acura, with both Cadillac and Lamborghini also expected to announce participation soon.
This creates a tantalizing prospect for Le Mans, as the LMDh cars will be eligible to compete with the Le Mans Hypercars from Toyota, Peugeot, Ferrari and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (and potentially ByKolles) for the overall win. It has been a long time since nine OEMs were active in top-level sportscar racing, though it remains to be seen how effective BoP (balance of performance) will be in leveling up the IMSA and WEC machinery. BMW has yet to confirm any further details of the project.