24 Hours of Le Mans: a legendary manufacturer joins the race

24 Hours of Le Mans: a legendary manufacturer joins the race
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Lamborghini will join the WEC and IMSA endurance championships in 2024 with an LMDh prototype and compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the sports division of the manufacturer from Sant’Agata Bolognese, will discover the WEC (world endurance championship) and IMSA (American Endurance Championship). This Thursday, the Italian firm has indeed confirmed that it will compete in Hypercar LMDhthe queen category, from 2024. Lamborghini will therefore be aligned at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in just over two years.

However, the transalpine formation will not field an official team. Indeed, she will support the activities of its customers. Just as it already does in other championships, such as the DTM, the GT World Challenge, or the GT Daytona in IMSA. Several teams are in negotiations with Lambo to integrate this client program.

Lamborghini could bet on Italy

Among these teams, Prema looks like a scarecrow. So much so that both the constructor and the team felt compelled to emphasize that no agreement has yet been reached. This new program is indeed one of the most attractive. No doubt the negotiations are fierce.

Giorgio Sanna, head of Lamborghini’s racing structure, evokes a unique opportunity to extend customer shopping activities to new platforms. And to strengthen the long-term partnership with the customer teams and drivers”.

As for the pilots, precisely, nothing has yet been announced. Logic would still dictate that Mirko Bortolotti, factory driver of the firm, is at least part of the adventure. The Italian is currently playing in LMP2 with Belgian team WRT. To see it doing its ranges in prototype is undoubtedly not a mere coincidence

A French chassis?

The Italian firm would also hear ally with Ligier, for the construction of its chassis. The tricolor company is one of the four authorized to build LMP2 chassis, which will be the basis of the LMDh (future prototypes evolving in IMSA).

The alliance would be expected for July. In doing so, Ligier would hold his first partner in this championship. A collaboration with already existing links, since Ligier is part of the Everspeed group, as well as HP Composites (company producing parts for the Huracan GT3 and Super Trofeo cars). Both are under the direction of businessman Jacques Nicolet.

Endurance, a laboratory for the future

Porsche support (brand of the Volkswagen group, whose chassis will be produced by Multimatic) could also be important. That of Audi, however, remains in question. The Rings Team WEC Project seems to have been abandoned… when that of the Stuttgart firm running at full speed !

Moreover, Lamborghini counts test future technologies : “This passage in the most important category of Endurance marks an important step for our businesssays its CEO, Stephan Winkelmann. On the one hand, it will give even more visibility to our highly successful motorsport program. But it will also allow us to testing future technologies. Our LMDh prototypes will become our open-air laboratory the most sophisticated on four wheels. »

At the present time of ecological transition, this discourse makes sense. It remains to be seen what this will do on the track. For this, we must now arm ourselves with patience.

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