The 90-degree V8 twin-turbo motor of Lamborghini’s future Lamborghini LMDh vehicle has some of the first facts about its internal combustion system, and it appears promising for racing in the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA Championship. With the help of French engine builder Ligier Automotive, Lamborghini will assemble the first engine created from scratch by its internal motorsport division, Lamborghini Squadra Corse. However, we do know that the twin-turbo V8 engine will be completely different from the production-based V10 engines that power the Huracan GT3 and Super Trofeo race cars.
On the Lamborghini LMDh Prototype, Lamborghini has partially lifted the curtain, exposing the first racing engine wholly created by Squadra Corse. With a P1359 hybrid gearbox created by Xtra, power management and energy storage by Williams Advanced Engineering, and an electric motor from Bosch Motorsport, the twin-turbo V8 features a hybrid system that produces 681 horsepower. The car’s top speed of 211 mph and light weight of just 2,270 lbs (without fuel) should be more than enough for participation in the GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024.
Lamborghini LMDh Engine
In contrast to the production-based V10 that powers Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s Huracan GT3 and Super Trofeo one-make gear, the LMDh engine is the company’s first from the ground up. Lamborghini Squadra Corse was created in 2013.
The twin-turbo V8 hybrid-assisted powertrain will undoubtedly provide 671 PS of power. The vehicle will be equipped with a Williams-sourced advanced engineering battery pack and a Bosch motor generator unit. A seven-speed P1359 gearbox made by Xtrac will serve as the transmission.
Lamborghini LMDh Dimensions
|Engine Capacity||Four Litres|
The Italian builder has stated that the engine would be a 90-degree V8, but not its exact capacity, which is thought to be around four litres. It will weigh 180 kg, which is the minimum allowed under the rules.
The next prototype from Lamborghini will adhere to the class maximums for width, length, and height, which are 2000mm, 5100mm, and 3148mm, respectively. The listed weight is 1030 kg, which is the bare minimum permitted by LMDh.
The Lamborghini LMDh Prototype Car has also been given additional technical details. Without fuel or a driver, the car will weigh 1030 kg, have a maximum width of 2,000 mm, and a maximum length of 5,100 mm. With an engine weight of no less than 180kg, the wheelbase will be 3,148mm.
Until images of the car are made public in the first quarter of 2023, it is not anticipated that more technical information will be available about Lamborghini’s as-yet-unnamed competitor. The commencement of testing, which is slated to begin in the spring of 2019, will come before that.
The LMDh regulations require manufacturers to choose a chassis provider, and Ligier will provide the chassis for Lamborghini. The Lamborghini road-legal hypercars have had an influence on the design of the car’s razor-edged sharp details and Y-shaped LED daytime running lights.
The Lamborghini LMDh race car will start competing in 2024, according to its racing schedule. As the racing for the machines will get underway at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2023, it will miss the first year of competition in this category.
Competitors of the Lamborghini LM DC racing vehicle include the Acura AR24e, Alpine, BMW M Hybrid V8, Cadillac GTP Hypercar, and Porsche 963. Ferrari is developing a vehicle for the distinct Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class.
In 2024, the Lamborghini LMDh Prototype Car will compete for the first time in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA Endurance Cup. The chassis (spine) of the vehicle is designed in collaboration with Ligier Automotive, while HP Composites, a long-time collaborator of Squadra Corse in the GT3 and Super Trofeo platforms, manufactures the carbon fibre components in Italy.
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