Audi at Le Mans from 2023: what the LmdH-class hybrid racing prototype will look like

The German manufacturer is in the process of building a new hybrid race car that will race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and WEC World Endurance Championships beginning in 2023. The LmdH prototype will begin work on the track at the start of 2022.

A prototype capable of competing in each of the world’s most famous 24-hour endurance races: Le Mans, in France, and Daytona, in the United States, Queen races at the WEC World Endurance Championship and the American Imsa Championship. Audi has approved the concept for a prototype for the new LmdH-class, developed in parallel with Porsche, which will put the wheels on track for the first official race in January 2023 at the Daytona, Florida event.

Audi: Concept LMDH model

The first photo published by Audi fuels the passion of many motorsport fans who in the early 2000s saw the domination of the House of the Four Rings in Le Mans (there are 13 overall successes at the Sarthe Circuit for Audi) and in the World Endurance Championship. It is from that story that the project for a new prototype of the LmdH class begins – the Le Mans Daytona Hybrid, the successor to the “legendary” Audi R18. This new platform was developed by Audi and Porsche, taking advantage of the cooperation within the Volkswagen Group. “The new LmdH class is completely in line with our renewed commitment to motorsport,” said Julius Seebach, CEO of Audi Sport and head of the German brand’s sporting activities. “The regulation makes it possible to introduce impressive race cars initially, designed to compete in the most prestigious races in the world. In addition, we have the opportunity to exploit synergies within the Volkswagen Group, to accelerate the development of prototypes.”

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The Le Mans Daytona Hybrid category allows manufacturers to select a body produced by an outside company (out of four select companies) and opt for exterior design; On the other hand, the development of the hybrid powertrain is entrusted to the individual manufacturer. The result? Containing the net cost and creating a car that has many opportunities to participate in races on different continents. “We chose a reputable chassis partner – says Andreas Roos, Audi Sport Project Manager – and defined the powertrain concept. Together with colleagues from Audi Design, we’re defining the car’s appearance. The goal is for the prototype to begin dynamic development by early 2022 and that Poses Completed during the first quarter. ”A car, based on the technical regulations for the new LmdH class, which can also be purchased by special teams.

Therefore, the new Audi LmdH racing car is in the prototype stage at the Audi Sport factories in Germany, not far from the Four Rings headquarters. Development work parallels that of the electric Dakar SUV as Audi is scheduled to participate in the 2022 season.

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