If BMW has announced its arrival in the IMSA championship, it’s testing time for now. To be precise, the company at Propeller is in the process of finishing the development of the future hypercar.
BMW is continuing an aggressive testing program for its new endurance vehicle, the M Hybrid V8. Now the hypercar is in the United States. Development and testing of the BMW M Hybrid V8 mainly took place on race circuits across Europe, particularly on circuits in Italy and Spain. BMW M factory drivers Connor De Phillippi, Sheldon van der Linde, Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus, Nick Yelloly, Philipp Eng, Dan Harper, Max Hesse, Neil Verhagen and Rene Rast all had the opportunity to drive the car at high speed. . . Starting in September, the test program will move to various circuits in the United States before the start of the car’s competition at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2023.
“The first weeks of testing with the BMW M Hybrid V8 went well”explained Andreas Roos, director of BMW M Motorsport. “We have walked many kilometers, where we have discovered the first weaknesses, which are quite normal for a new car and we have already solved some of them. In addition, it was important to have the opinion of as many pilots as possible, to have a good first impression of the behavior of our model . Their response was very positive at this early stage. Everyone is impressed with the capabilities that our LMDh vehicle is already showing. We laid a good foundation during testing in Europe. Now we are entering the next stage of development in the United States,” he added.
So far, the BMW M Hybrid V8 has only been presented in an exclusive disguise, but the full racing display will be presented on September 22 at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles. As a reminder, the M Hybrid V8 has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops 631 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. This engine is associated with a hybrid system with an electric motor, an inverter and a high voltage battery. We just have to wait until January to see how the new BMW hypercar performs.