Giorgio Sanna, boss of the in-house Lamborghini Squadra Corse competitions division, has revealed that the Italian producer is negotiating to grow to be a associate in a challenge that may give it a route into each the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in North America.
This may contain utilizing the identical LMP2 chassis developed by Multimatic Motorsport in Canada and an engine of undisclosed configuration that may form the spine of the Porsche and Audi LMDh contenders.
Sanna defined that there’s “robust curiosity” from Lamborghini to increase on its current actions with the GT3 and Tremendous Trofeo one-make variations of the Huracan.
“We now have at all times mentioned that LMDh is the fitting class for motorsport on the whole and likewise for Lamborghini,” he advised Autosport.
“Clearly on the technical aspect the very best alternative is the VW group platform.
“We’re sharing some concepts and imaginative and prescient contained in the group and I hope we are going to decide quickly.”
Sanna identified that there have been already robust sporting hyperlinks between Lamborghini and different manufacturers inside VW: the Huracan GT3 and the second-generation Audi R8 racer had been developed aspect by aspect.
Lamborghini’s goal, Sanna defined, is to develop an LMDh hybrid for 2024, the yr after Porsche and Audi will start racing their automobiles.
“For us it could be a giant bounce and we’d like time to organize ourselves,” he mentioned.
The timescale envisaged by Sanna could possibly be linked to the capability of Multimatic to develop the bottom automotive and completely different aerodynamic configurations for every model, in addition to to construct chassis in vital numbers.
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The German producers have dedicated to having each manufacturing unit and buyer automobiles on the grid from the debut of the LMDh method on the 2023 Daytona 24 Hours IMSA sequence opener.
Lamborghini is understood to have initially labored on an LMDh challenge with Dallara, one of many 4 licensed LMP2 producers together with Multimatic, ORECA and Ligier.
Sanna confirmed this, citing the historic hyperlinks between Lamborghini and Dallara.
Firm founder Giampaolo Dallara was previously technical director of Lamborghini and the aerodynamics of the Huracan GT3 had been developed by his organisation.
“Firstly now we have explored all of the alternatives and Dallara is an historic associate of Lamborghini Squadra Corse in GT,” he mentioned.
Sanna defined that, ought to the Lamborghini LMDh challenge get the go-ahead, it could mirror its GT3 technique: the marque would work with buyer groups slightly than working an overt manufacturing unit operation.
Bentley, one other VW-owned model, has additionally investigated utilizing the the identical backbone because the Porsche and Audi LMDhs for a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in time for the 2024 centenary of its first victory.
Bentley Pace 8 on the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours
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Paul Williams, the marque’s motorsport boss, confirmed that there had been talks and described LMDh as “not fully off the desk, however not a key consideration” as Bentley plots it motorsport future within the wake of a scaling again of its GT3 programme with the Continental.
“LMDh has enchantment as a result of the group is engaged in it and it could be a cheap approach to race towards a few of our key highway rivals,” he mentioned.
“But it surely would not fully align with our very clear ahead technique to grow to be fully electrified as a model.”
He described the choice route into the WEC by growing an Le Mans Hypercar as “at all times an possibility”.
“We all know what it could price to do it, however the query is whether or not it’s price placing the sum of money you’d have to develop a aggressive automotive into one thing the place the expertise message just isn’t the place you need it to be,” mentioned Williams.
He confused that no resolution on Bentley’s motorsport future is imminent.