BMW unveils 2023 IMSA drivers, the ultimate LMDH racing livery

They will be joined by seven-time IndyCar winner Colton Herta, with more drivers to be announced for the long-distance races at a later date.

De Phillippi and Yelloly will share one of the two BMW M Hybrid V8 intakes, while Eng and Farfus will drive the other working car.

BMW’s LMDhs will carry the numbers 24 and 25, the same numbers it used for its GT efforts at IMSA, but they haven’t been assigned to drivers’ pairings yet.

Of the four full-season drivers, Phillippi has the most experience at IMSA having been a mainstay of the BMW M8 GTE from 2018 to 21. He is also part of BMW’s full-year entry into 2022, sharing the 25th M4 GT3 in the class GTD Pro with fellow countryman John Edwards.

Phillippi’s stablemates, Yelloly, Eng and Farfus, also have previous racing experience at IMSA, with the trio most recently joining the factory team at Rolex 24 and Sebring earlier this year. Farfus later returned to IMSA for the Watkins Glen enduro in June, joining Phillippi and Edwards as the third driver on the crew.

Farfus and Eng also made select appearances during BMW’s only WEC campaign in 2018/19 with the now discontinued M8 GTE.

Other drivers who tested the BMW M Hybrid V8 but missed the announcement included two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann, current DTM points leader Sheldon van der Linde and new star Rene Rast. All three could join BMW’s LMDH program when it expands to the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship in 2024.

BMW began testing the LMDH in the US last week at Sebring after completing initial runs in Europe. The LMDh machine, which features a naturally aspirated V8 that previously powered DTM, will be shown to the public at the IMSA closing at Petit Le Mans on October 1.

Final livery revealed

BMW M Hybrid V8 paint

Photo by: BMW

BMW also showed off the final color scheme of its LMDh rival at a special event at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles on Thursday night, having previously performed all vehicle testing in camouflage.

Designed by BMW Group Designworks, it features the popular colors of the BMW M division and the lighting system around the “kidney” grille.

Most of the black areas that are part of the paintwork will remain on its original carbon-fiber finish, with BMW estimating that it will allow the manufacturer to save 20-30% in weight over a traditional paint job.

The launch event in Los Angeles was attended by BMW M CEO Franciscos van Mel, BMW M Motorsport President Andreas Roos, IMSA President John Donnan, and Team RLL owners Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Patrick Lanigan.

RLL has been named BMW’s official business partner for the IMSA programme, continuing a partnership that began over a decade ago.

The next factory attack on WEC in 2024 will take on the current Audi GT team WRT.

BMW M Hybrid V8 paint

BMW M Hybrid V8 paint

Photo by: BMW

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