Beginning in 2023, BMW M will debut its sports prototype for the new LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) category of racing cars

which will be eligible for the top classes of both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

The BMW M Hybrid V8 has a look that is unmistakably BMW, thanks to a kidney grille and Hofmeister kink (in this case only a graphic). 

BMW M has only committed to the SportsCar Championship so far, in the series' premier GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) class, but hasn't ruled out a race in the World Endurance Championship's Hypercar class for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the series' major event. 

It means that for the first time since 1999, when BMW M's V12 LMR sports prototype won the French classic for the first and only time, we could see BMW M compete at the highest level at Le Mans.

Balance of Performance measures will be used to ensure an even playing field in the GTP and Hypercar classes, which will be open to both LMDh race cars and those built to Le Mans Hypercar rules.

Under the BMW Team RLL name, BMW M will conduct its LMDh campaign alongside America's Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The current goal is to compete in the 2023 SportsCar Championship with two of the cars.

Team principal will be Bobby Rahal, co-owner of RLL Racing. For the LMDh programme, he will collaborate closely with Maurizio Leschiutta, BMW M's project head.

LMDh is supported by Alpine, Audi, Cadillac, and Porsche, while LMH is supported by Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, and Toyota. In May, Lamborghini announced that it would join the LMDh family in 2024.

The 2023 24 Hours of Daytona will be LMDh's debut event, which will take place in January. The event will kick off the 2023 SportsCar Championship season.