If you came of age in the 1970s, you remember the explosive force with which BMW slammed into global motorsport with its tri-color M Power campaign, which rolled up production-based victories throughout Europe and North America. BMW has chosen to make this anniversary especially meaningful, by rolling out the race-ready version of its new BMW M Hybrid V-8 for global prototype competition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The new hybrid will compete in the GTP category in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events in 2023, starting out with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in February. The M Hybrid V-8’s heart is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, projected to produce 640 horsepower. The team will be run in North America by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; principals Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Patrick Lanigan were present at the Petersen for the rollout. At the same time, BMW revealed its driver lineup for the effort: Connor De Phillippi (USA), Philipp Eng (Austria), Augusto Farfus (Brazil) and Nick Yelloly (UK) will share the new BMW hybrid’s hot seat, with a prominent assist from INDYCAR star Colton Herta.