Audi targeting ’23 Daytona 24H as debut for progressing LMDh project

Audi target the 2023 edition of the Daytona 24 Hours as the debut for their LMDh, also highlighting possibility of customer outfits and more.

The concept decisions for the brand’s upcoming LMDh in 2023 are being worked on and have selected a chassis partner, though has not entailed who that will be (out of the four – Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic and Oreca).

“Together with our colleagues from Audi Design, we are currently defining the look which will excite our fans,” says Andreas Roos, in charge of all factory motorsport commitments at the division.

“Our goal is for the first prototype to be on its wheels early next year and to complete its roll-out in the first quarter.”

An intensive test program is to proceed in 2022 ahead of the 2023 debut at Daytona.

Their LMDh, replacing IMSA’s outgoing DPi category, will be eligible to race in the WEC and Le Mans as Porsche and Ferrari (LMH) are also making their debut into Hypercars in 2023.

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Audi suggest the cost-efficient nature of this mostly-spec car is attracting customer teams as they target supporting those privateer outfits from the moment the project is enforced.

“Our goal is to also put the car in the hands of professional customer teams right from the start, in parallel to factory entries,” confirming both customer and factory entries.

“We are currently evaluating internally how this will work in detail.”

Audi customer teams were a key part of their extensive LMP1 program with such outfits scoring overalls victories at Le Mans in 2004 and 2005.

As a manufacturer with 13 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a WEC LMP manufacturer (and drivers’) title, they are keen on returning to the WEC but also reaching out to IMSA at a glimpse of their ALMS days.