The Lamborghini Squadra Corse has confirmed initial technical details of its LMh, revealing that the prototype will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 when it debuts in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2024.
The Italian manufacturer also released an updated rendering of the Ligier-chassed model (pictured above), along with more specifications for the yet-to-be-named car.
The 90-degree V8, which will be developed at the company’s motorsport division in Sant’Agata Bolognese, is understood to be very different from the Porsche 963’s although it has similar specs.
It will be combined with the LMDh-spec hybrid power unit to produce a maximum of 500 kW (670 hp).
Confirmation of the twin-turbo V8 comes amid rumors that the Huracán-produced car will also adopt a similar powertrain configuration, with a hybrid unit.
“With Automobili Lamborghini embarking on the future of hybridization in road car production, LMDh represents a defining power/performance project that builds on the experiences of future generations of its sports cars, in full accordance with Cor Tauri’s strategy,” a statement from Lamborghini Read.
“Thus, the Squadra Corse, by taking a step into the hybrid-driven motorsport scene, fits perfectly with Lamborghini’s transition to hybrid technologies.”
As previously confirmed, the LMDh backbone will be designed in tandem with Ligier Automotive, with the sump being produced in Italy by HP Composites, Squadra Corse’s longtime partner in the GT3 and Super Trofeo platforms.
HP is also a sister company to Ligier Automotive, which is owned by longtime sports car racer Jacques Nicolet.
“The decision to collaborate with Ligier Automotive enables the Lamborghini Squadra Corse to enter the first class of endurance racing with an established chassis supplier,” the statement read.
“In addition, Ligier Automotive’s efficient and flexible architecture (with specific focal points between the Squadra Corse) made the partnership a logical choice for the LMDh project.”
Lamborghini prepares for the Michelin Endurance Cup program in the first IMSA season
While planning to run an entire season of the FIA World Endurance Championship with its yet-to-be-announced partner team, Lamborghini has indicated that its WeatherTech Championship program will likely be based around Michelin Endurance Cup races for its first season.
A statement read that the car would make its competition debut in the “IMSA Endurance Cup and FIA World Endurance Championship” noting that it would focus its North American efforts around long-distance racing.
Former Lamborghini Squadra Corse president Giorgio Sana has indicated to Sportscar365 that it is unlikely to debut at the 2024 Rolex 24 in Daytona, as Sebring is believed to be a more realistic possibility, although it remains unclear whether it will come in both races. WEC and WeatherTech Championship.
Additional IMSA rounds will include the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Championship, the Battle of the Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which will expand to the Endurance Cup Tour in 2024, and the season-ending WeatherTech traditional Motul Petit Le Mans tournament.
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