The iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona marked the virtual debut of the BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh at an Esports level, as its real-life counterpart takes to the track for the real endurance classic at Daytona this weekend. It was the lone competitor in its iRacing class – but that will change eventually, as iRacing Vice President Steve Myers revealed on Twitter.
A simple four-word answer sends sim racers’ speculation rampant: Twitter user @raliedel asked iRacing, Myers and Dale Earnhardt Jr. when there would be “another one of these GTP beauties in the top class of iRacing?”, which Myers then retweeted with an added “We have more coming!”
Not hinting at a specific car or manufacturer, this leaves the door open for a considerable amount of choices: LMDh cars are brand new, and for 2023, Acura, Cadillac and Porsche are taking their new challengers to the track in 2023. The latter two already have other vehicles in iRacing, while Acura themselves are not present. Alpine and Lamborghini are set to race in the class in 2024.
Of course, there is also the LMH class that makes up the Hypercar class together with LMDh in the World Endurance Championship. Being a successor of the wildly-popular LMP1 class that was well-represented in iRacing, it is very much possible that a vehicle of this class is going to be added as well – considering that Toyota, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, Ferrari and Vanwall all have challengers in this class, the list of attractive options certainly is not short. LMH and LMDh are set to compete against each other in WEC using a BoP system that should ensure parity between the two prototype classes.