Former Method 1 driver Romain Grosjean will make a return to top-level motorsports in 2024 when he hops behind the wheel of Lamborghini’s new LMDh race automobile.
Grosjean, who raced for Renault, Lotus, and Haas throughout his time in F1, was named on Tuesday as a driver for Lamborghini Iron Lynx, the factory-backed crew that can enter each the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2024 with Lamborghini’s new LMDh race automobile.
Beforehand confirmed drivers embody Andrea Caldarelli and Mirko Bortolotti, each of them present Lamborghini manufacturing facility drivers.
Grosjean, after leaving F1 on the finish of 2020, partially as a consequence of an damage sustained in a crash in that 12 months’s Bahrain Grand Prix, has spent most of his time in IndyCar. He’ll now be part of Lamborghini Iron Lynx in 2023 to assist develop the LMDh, whereas additionally competing in some GT races driving a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo2 fielded by Iron Lynx.
“It’s an honor to be becoming a member of Lamborghini, it’s such an iconic model for everybody who loves automobiles, together with myself and my children,” Grosjean mentioned in a press release.
Lamborghini is but to disclose its LMDh however we all know it is going to use a chassis sourced from Ligier, certainly one of 4 chassis suppliers for LMDh, and also will run a V-8 hybrid powertrain, with the V-8 to be a brand new twin-turbo unit developed by Lamborghini’s personal Squadra Corse racing arm, although one considered associated to the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 fitted to Lamborghini’s Urus SUV. The hybrid element will probably be a single motor-generator built-in with a 7-speed transmission.
LMDh automobiles from rival groups will begin racing in 2023, within the GTP class of the SportsCar Championship and the Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship. Acura, BMW, Cadillac, and Porsche will discipline LMDh race automobiles in 2023, with Alpine and Lamborghini to affix the fray in 2024. ByKolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, and Toyota are all dedicated to the rival LMH automobile class.
The primary race that can see LMDh automobiles hit the monitor would be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona on subsequent month. It’ll function the opening spherical of the 2023 SportsCar Championship.