Andreas Roos (BMW): “Everyone is impressed by the power of our LMDh”

Andreas Roos (BMW): “Everyone is impressed by the power of our LMDh”


After collecting a large number of kilometers since its unveiling – on July 25 in Varano (Italy) – the BMW M Hybrid V8 will finally hit the roads in the United States. And this with the aim of continuing its tests in the hands of the RLL Team, which will enter two copies next year in IMSA. As a reminder, along with Varano, the German has been seen in Barcelona and MotorLand Aragon.

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According to the company’s engineers on the propeller, a lot of important data has been collected and the initial problems in any new car have been solved.

The first weeks of testing the BMW M Hybrid V8 went well, assures Andreas Roos, director of BMW M Motorsport. We drove many kilometers, during which we discovered the first errors, which are quite common with a new car, and we have already solved some of them. In addition, it was important to get feedback from as many pilots as possible, in order to have a good first impression of the behavior of our model. Their feedback has been very positive at this stage, and everyone is impressed with the potential our LMDh is already showing. Results will follow in the coming months. We laid a good foundation during the tests in Europe. We are now entering the next stage of development in the United States. »

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Although it was first important to make sure that all the systems worked well together, the teams assigned to the software have already started to focus on the areas that are most related to performance. According to the official communication, generally there were no underlying issues “and” Starting problems, common to a new car, have been identified and replaced with later tests. »

As confirmed by Roos, many pilots are already behind the wheel, namely Connor De Phillippi (USA), Sheldon van der Linde (AFS), Marco Wittmann (GER), Augusto Farfus (BRE), Nick Yelloly (GBR) and Philipp Eng ( AUT ), but also BMW Junior drivers Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA). Finally, with the permission of Audi – his current employer – René Rast (GER) was also able to put the asphalt on the M Hybrid V8 at the wheel that he could make a trip next year in the IMSA Endurance race.

Finally, to conclude, BMW Motorsport has revealed the date when the livery that the Germanic Hypercar will sport next year in IMSA will be unveiled. Fans will have to wait until September 22, with an event at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles. But it doesn’t matter so much the clothes that the car is decorated with, its dimensions are of the best effect…

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