Lamborghini Squadra Corse is developing its first LMDh prototype, which will debut in 2024 in the FIA World Endurance Championship Hypercar class and the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship GTP class, the automaker announced.
The new program will allow Lamborghini to compete for overall victories at endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, the company said.
“This step up into the highest echelon of sports car racing marks an important milestone for our company,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini Chairman and CEO. “We will be measuring ourselves against the very best, on the most demanding proving grounds. On one hand, this will give our successful motorsports program even more visibility, but it will also allow us to test future technologies: our LMDh prototypes will become our most sophisticated open laboratory on four wheels.”
Tha launch of its LMDh program coincides with Lamborghini’s transition to hybrid technologies, the company said. By the end of 2024, the entire Lamborghini range will be hybridized.
LMDh stands for Le Mans Daytona hybrid and gives the name to the new sports prototype race car category debuting in 2023, giving the possibility to compete in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in the highest class. For Lamborghini, the LMDh program will run in addition to Squadra Corse’s GT platform, consisting of Super Trofeo and GT3.