A BMW desvendou esta sexta-feira os seus pilotos, assim como a decoração, com que vai enfrentar o IMSA SportsCar Championship do próximo ano no seu projeto LMDh. O construtor bávaro participará na classe GTD em associação com a BMW M Team RLL.

A cerimónia de apresentação foi no Petersen Museum em Los Angeles (Estados Unidos da América). Os dois M Hybrid V8 com chassis Dallara farão a sua estreia nas 24 Horas de Daytona em janeiro próximo, sendo pilotados por Augusto Farfus, Connor De Phillipi, Nick Yelloly e Philipp Eng na temporada completa.

Para a ronda de Daytona terão a ajuda de Colton Herta – que é a grande surpresa no alinhamento. Nas restantes provas de resistência, haverá outros pilotos envolvidos, que serão anunciados no futuro. Quanto à decoração, junta o azul, vermelho e branco da BMW M com tons escuros.

Franciscus van Meel, diretor-executivo da BMW M, afirmou em comunicado: ‘Estamos orgulhosos que, em paralelo com o 50.º aniversário da BMW M, estejamos a voltar ao grande palco do automobilismo com o BMW M Hybrid V8. Estamos muito satisfeitos por esta aventura começar na América do Norte, o mercado mais importante para a BMW M. Afinal, o BMW M Hybrid V8 é mais do que apenas um carro de competição, trilha o caminho para um futuro elétrico na BMW M, demonstrando categoricamente como pode ser a M Power eletrificada dinâmica e emotiva’.

BMW revelou cores e pilotos LMDh para o IMSA SportsCar Championship 2023
BMW revelou cores e pilotos LMDh para o IMSA SportsCar Championship 2023
BMW revelou cores e pilotos LMDh para o IMSA SportsCar Championship 2023
BMW revelou cores e pilotos LMDh para o IMSA SportsCar Championship 2023

Créditos das imagens: © Anton Watts photographer

Já o diretor da BMW M Motorsport, Andreas Roos, referiu: ‘Estar de volta à classe de topo do automobilismo e lutar por vitórias absolutas em corridas tão lendárias como Daytona, Sebring e Road Atlanta em 2023 é um grande desafio e uma enorme motivação para todos na BMW M Motorsport. Trabalhamos muito arduamente nos últimos meses para preparar o BMW M Hybrid V8 para a competição num curto período de tempo. Obrigado a todos os nossos parceiros na Dallara, BMW M Team RLL, à nossa equipa de desenvolvimento RMG e à BMW Group Designworks pelo fantástico apoio com a montagem, desenvolvimento e testes do carro. E obrigado a todos os nossos patrocinadores também. Sem o apoio dele não seria possível executar um projeto assim. O BMW M Hybrid V8 é um bonito carro de competição. Agora é nosso trabalho torná-lo rápido. Estamos a trabalhar para alcançar este objetivo dia a dia e estamos confiantes de que estaremos prontos em janeiro quando começarmos mesmo pela primeira vez em Daytona’.

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