Markus Flasch, who’s now accountable for BMW Motorsport as boss of the marque’s sporting M model, has revealed that each the LMDh prototype class and the new-for-2023 eGT collection are on its radar.
Flasch pressured that no choices have been made, however he strongly prompt that BMW could have a manufacturing unit involvement in motorsport along with its customer-led programmes in GT3, GT4 and with its entry-level M2 CS one-make racer.
The German producer will likely be left and not using a marquee racing programme on the conclusion of its 2020/21 System E Championship assault with BMW Andretti Motorsport.
FE turned BMW’s solely manufacturing unit marketing campaign after its works involvement within the DTM got here to an finish on the championship’s change to GT3 guidelines for 2021.
“I did not take this accountability [at BMW Motorsport] to manage the present standing,” stated Flasch.
“I do know the place we come from, the place our roots are, and I feel there may be room on high of GT3 for BMW. We’re wanting into different codecs than [those] we’re presently concerned in and there will likely be choices fairly quickly.”
Requested by Motorsport.com if the power to race an LMDh in each the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023 made it enticing, Flasch replied: “Sure it does. That’s a part of our evaluation, completely.”
Flasch acknowledged that BMW is “very ” within the FIA’s eGT championship introduced final month.
“We have now been in discussions with the FIA,” he stated. “If this collection goes to be quick sufficient, spectacular, then we’re going to be in it. [But] we aren’t pushing simply because it’s electrical: it has to make sense for the fan.”
The goal for the FIA’s new eGT class is to realize GT3 ranges of efficiency, whereas the principle race every weekend will likely be of 45 minutes’ period with fast-charging pitstops.
FIA Electrical GT Championship automotive
Picture by: FIA
Flasch additionally appeared to take a swipe at FE.
“There are collection on the earth which can be electrical and everybody runs in them, however they by no means actually reached the followers,” he stated. “We have now realized from that: we aren’t simply operating after concepts like lemmings.”
BMW indicated that the sportscar programme run by its North American arm, which stretches again to the mid-Nineties, is more likely to proceed into 2022 when IMSA replaces its GTE-based GT Le Mans class with GT Daytona Professional for GT3 equipment.
Mike Krack, who’s head of BMW Motorsport below Flasch, revealed a want for the brand new BMW M4 GT3 scheduled to race for the primary time later this month to compete within the new class.
“That may be actually good if we may handle to have that, [but] it’s little bit too early,” he stated. “GTD Professional is in creation, so not all the things is de facto outlined or utterly accomplished.
“We have now a protracted historical past there [in North American sportscar racing] and it might be unusual when you will have a brand new automotive just like the M4 coming to not be current.
Requested if it BMW would goal to run a full-factory staff, Krack replied: “Sure, most likely equally to what we have now been operating within the GTE [GTLM].
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has run BMW’s manufacturing unit sportscar programme in North America since 2009, initially within the American Le Mans Sequence after which within the merged IMSA collection from 2014.
This yr Rahal is simply contesting the 4 long-distance races that make up the Michelin-sponsored Endurance Cup.
Flasch took over accountability for motorsport at BMW from Jens Marquardt final yr.
BMW Motorsport has now been merged with the BMW M GmbH high-performance division of the German producer.