BMW reveals 2023 IMSA drivers, last LMDh race livery

They will be joined in the four Endurance Cup events by seven-time IndyCar race winner Colton Herta, with more drivers for the endurance races to be announced at a later date.

De Phillippi and Yelloly will share one of the two BMW M Hybrid V8 entries, while the other works car will be driven by Eng and Farfus.

BMW’s two LMDh machines will carry #24 and #25, the same numbers it has used for its GT efforts in IMSA, but they have not yet been assigned to the two driver pairs.

Of the four drivers for the entire season, Phillippi has the most experience in IMSA, having been a mainstay of the BMW M8 GTE program from 2018-21.

He is also part of BMW’s only full-year entry for 2022, sharing the #25 M4 GT3 in the GTD Pro class with compatriot John Edwards.

Phillippi’s stable mates Yelloly, Eng and Farfus also have previous racing experience in IMSA, with the trio most recently joining the works team at the Daytona 24 and Sebring earlier this year.

Farfus returned to IMSA for the Watkins Glen enduro later in June, joining Phillippi and Edwards as the third driver on the crew.

Farfus and Eng also made select appearances during BMW’s only campaign at the WEC in 2018/19 with the now-discontinued M8 GTE.

Other drivers who tested the BMW M Hybrid V8 but were absent from the announcement include two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann, current DTM points leader Sheldon van der Linde and new star signer Rene Rast.

All three could potentially join BMW’s LMDh program when it expands to the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship in 2024.

BMW began testing the LMDh car in the US at Sebring last week after completing its first run in Europe.

The LMDh machine, which is equipped with a V8 turbo engine that previously ran in DTM naturally aspirated, will be shown to the public on October 1 in the IMSA final at Petit Le Mans.

BMW M Hybrid V8 livery

Photo by: BMW

BMW also unveiled the final color scheme for its LMDh contender Thursday night at a special event at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, after having previously run all tests of the car in camouflage colors.

Designed by BMW Group Designworks, it features the famous BMW M division colors and a lighting system around the ‘kidney’ grill.

Most of the black areas included in the paint scheme will remain in their original carbon fiber finish, and BMW estimates this will allow the manufacturer to save 20-30% in weight compared to a traditional paint job.

The LA launch event was attended by BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel, Head of BMW M Motorsport Andreas Roos, IMSA President John Doonan and Team RLL owners Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Patrick Lanigan.

RLL has been appointed as BMW’s official factory partner for its IMSA program, continuing a partnership that began more than a decade ago.

The upcoming factory attack on the WEC in 2024 will be led by the current Audi GT team WRT.