Lamborghini’s long-standing aversion to auto racing came to an end when it founded Squadra Corse in 2013. Nine years later, the brand has announced a much-anticipated plan to race in the top class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024. Now, we have an idea of how that program will look.
Lamborghini has announced that its LMDh-spec car will be powered by a twin turbo V-8, joining both BMW and Porsche in choosing turbocharged eight-cylinder power. The company says the new engine will be developed directly by its Squadra Corse racing division and, like all other LMDh cars cars, will pare with an energy-recovery hybrid system to produce a combined 644-697 horsepower, depending on Balance of Performance.
As the LMDh category requires all cars to be built around an existing LMP2-class tub, Lamborghini has chosen to partner with Ligier to build the car. Additional carbon fiber elements will be produced by HP Composites, a current partner on the Squadra Corse-built Huracan GT3 and Super Trofeo cars.
A teaser photo, our fifth look at a car built for the LMDh rule set that will make up half of the top class in both IMSA GTP and FIA WEC Hypercar, shows a unique set of LED running lights in an angular shape that fits Lamborghini’s current design language. The rest of the car looks more like a traditional modern prototype than the other LMDh cars revealed so far, particularly in comparison to the Dallara-based BMW M Hybrid V8 and still-unnamed Cadillac.
The car is set to race in both the U.S. and Europe in each full 2024 season, so expect a debut at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans. A full reveal should come at some point in 2023.