Lamborghini is joining FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech series from 2024, confirming their intent to build an LMDh prototype.
The Italian manufacturer has primarily focused on GT racing since returning to top-tier motorsport in 2009.
The move to prototype racing means Lamborghini will compete against Audi, Porsche, Cadillac and BMW.
“This step up into the highest echelon of sportscar racing marks an important milestone for our company,” Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann.
“We will be measuring ourselves against the very best, on the most demanding proving grounds.”
Prototype racing makes sense from a commercial perspective for Lamborghini. The carmaker will soon be exclusively building hybrid road cars, with the LMDh project the ideal testbed.
“Our LMDh prototypes will become our most sophisticated open laboratory on four wheels.”
Lamborghini hasn’t confirmed what chassis maker they will partner with for the project. However, they have said the engine and drivetrain will be entirely built in-house.
“It won’t be a V-12, but for sure will be a pure Lamborghini engine,” the company says.
Entering LMDh also means Lamborghini can race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“To be able to compete at Le Mans, Daytona, in the WEC, in IMSA WeatherTech in the top class, it’s very important.
“It’s a big step from what we are doing, coming from GT competition, but something we feel good to do at this moment.
“We are looking to enter in the most challenging but also exciting period in top endurance competition.”