Say hello to the new BMW M Hybrid V8

By Gokul, 09 June 2022

The car will be participating in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in America

BMW M Hybrid V8

BMW has revealed the name, design, as well as the design of the car which will be representing the brand at the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - the BMW M Hybrid V8.

Designed by BMW Group Designworks, the M Hybrid V8 celebrates the history of BMW M Motorsport in North America while defining a dynamic hybrid electric future. 

Franciscus van Meel, the CEO of BMW M division said, “The most critical task and the greatest challenge for the design team in the LMDh program design team was that the prototype must be clearly recognisable as a BMW M Motorsport car."

BMW M Hybrid V8

"I can say this to all the fans, just one look is enough to confirm that the BMW M Hybrid V8 is a BMW. It clearly carries the genes of BMW M. I also love the camouflage livery with its references to the great history of the brand in North America."

"Congratulations to the design and aerodynamics departments at BMW M Motorsport and Dallara on their great work. I can hardly wait to see the BMW M Hybrid V8 on the track soon.”

From what we can see, the hallmark of the design for the BMW M Hybrid V8 is the wide kidney. In addition, it boasts typical BMW M design elements such as the nested 50th anniversary logo on the hood, twin BMW icon lights, dynamic body side, Hofmeister kink window graphic, M ‘hook’ mirrors and the tail-lights. 

BMW M Hybrid V8

The camouflage livery in which the BMW M Hybrid V8 will complete its testing, contains many elements from five decades of motor racing history in North America. 

The images of iconic racecars – the 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL, the 1981 BMW M1/C, the 1978 BMW 320i Turbo, the 1986 BMW GTP, the BMW M3 E36 GTS-2, the BMW Z4 GTLM and the BMW M8 GTE – create a graphic mosaic which obscures the shape of the BMW M Hybrid V8 to maintain competitive IP during development testing.

“My team's job was to make the BMW M Hybrid V8 look like a BMW, and embrace every opportunity to make it also perform like one on the race track,” said BMW Group Designworks Global Automotive Director Michael Scully. 

BMW M Hybrid V8

"The camouflage livery celebrates the 50 Years of M by commemorating the great cars of BMW’s storied history in IMSA racing while uniquely cloaking the BMW M Hybrid V8’s future-facing exterior geometry and technologies during the critical on-track development phase of the project." 

That being said, the technical details of the M Hybrid V8 is yet to be shared by the folks at Munich, so watch this space for more updates on the insane looking prototype.

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