This morning Lamborghini Squadra Corse announced the first of it’s technical specifications for their LMDh project. This car is set to enter into the Hypercar class in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the GTP class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
In accordance with LMDh regulations set by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the International Motor Sports Assocation (IMSA) and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the car will have a hybrid power unit which will consist of an internal combustion engine and an Energy Recovery System with a combined output of max 500 kw (681 hp). With the single source ERS kit, Lamborghini has elected to use an 8 cylinder, 90 degree V angle twin turbo internal combustion engine developed by their motorsports department, Squadra Corse.
Automobili Lamborghini is embarking on a future of hybridization in road car production so their foray into LMDh represents a specific energy/performance project based on the experiences of the upcoming generations of their sports cars, while fully aligning with the Cor Tauri company strategy.
For Squadra Corse, making the step into the motorsports landscape driven by hybrid propulsion, makes it the perfect fit with Lamborghini’s transition to hybrid technologies.
Making the transition to hybrid is no small feat, and Lamborghini have made sure to partner with the best of the best for this project. The major ERS components in the LMDh homologated standard kit cover several areas. The electric motor (MGU) has been developed by Bosch Motorsport. The Power Management and energy storage is supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering, while the seven speed P1359 hybrid gearbox has been developed by Xtrac.
With a maximum width of 2,000mm, length of 5,100mm, wheelbase of 3,148mm and engine weight of 180kg minimum, the car can produce a top speed of 340 km/h and weighs 1030kg without the driver and fuel.
The base car has been engineered together with Ligier Automotive and the carbon fiber elements are produced by HP Composites in Italy, long term partner of Squadra Corse in GT3 and Super Trofeo. Their decision to partner with Ligier Automotive enables Lamborghini Squadra Corse to enter the top classes of endurance racing with an established chassis provider. Additionally, the competent and flexible structure of Ligier with specific touch points between Squadra Corse, made the partnership a very logical choice for the LMDh project.
The Lamborghini LMDh will make it’s debut in the IMSA Endurance Cup and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024 and the world of motorsports can’t wait to see what it does.