General Motors’ newly designated sports car racing program supervisor, Laura Wontrop Klauser, states the automaker’s Cadillac plus Chevy brands are fascinated by the Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDh) class which is set to be adopted simply by IMSA and the Automobile Membership d’Louest starting in 2022.
Speaking to Autosport , Wontrop Klauser said the auto maker has already taken an in-depth look at the LMDh ruleset and it is now deciding whether or not it seems sensible to enter its Cadillac or Chevy brands in the new crossbreed prototype category.
“LMDh has caught the attention, ” she stated. “We’ve taken a good consider the rules, and what we’re performing now is looking through exactly where we want to place ourselves within sportscar racing in its whole. ”
Wontrop Klauser earlier ran the Cadillac DPi-V. Ur program prior to being moved to an all-encompassing sports vehicle racing role that has put her responsible for both Cadillac Racing plus Corvette Racing. She today has the difficult decision associated with deciding whether to continue with all the Cadillac brand in model racing, leave IMSA’s top-level category, or enter the Corvette brand in LMDh within the wake of the GTLM category’s downfall .
“It’s a package deal within our mind, where in the past it had been a little bit separated – Corvette Racing was its own part of GTLM, Cadillac was its thing in Prototypes, ” Wontrop Klauser said.
“Now it’s a different tale, and LMDh has been quite definitely part of the evaluation. Does it sound right to be there? What brand name does it make sense to run? ”
GM could also stick with the current strategy of ongoing with Cadillac in prototypes and Corvette in GRAND TOURING cars. This would require making a new LMDh-spec Cadillac and also a new GT3-spec Corvette, nevertheless , which could be a costly undertaking with potentially limited results.
“The great news is that IMSA’s GTD Professional is also going to allow some factory backing going forward, ” she explained. “So most of these things we’ve looked at to figure out where we want to end up being. ”
The hybrid LMDh rules make sense for both the Chevy and Cadillac brands, that are both beginning to branch out there more into electrification. Almost all LMDh cars will be based with an existing LMP2 chassis and can feature a 630 horsepower inner combustion engine and a fifty kW spec electric motor supplied by Bosch. The mixed system output of the cross prototypes would be around 670 horsepower.
Porsche, Audi and Acura have previously committed to the future LMDh rules, with other brands expected to sign up eventually as well. Whether or not among those brands will be Chevy or even Cadillac should be clear quickly enough.