Ex-F1 driver Romain Grosjean will drive Lamborghini LMDh in 2024
Former Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean will return to top-flight motorsport in 2024 when he jumps behind the wheel of Lamborghini’s new LMDh race car.
Grosjean, who drove for Renault, Lotus and Haas during his time in F1, was named on Tuesday to drive Lamborghini Iron Lynx, the factory-supported team that will compete in both the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship will be Lamborghini’s new LMDh race car.
Previously confirmed drivers include Andrea Caldarelli and Mirko Bortolotti, both existing Lamborghini factory drivers.
After leaving F1 in late 2020, in part due to an injury sustained in a crash at this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Grosjean has spent most of his time with IndyCar. He will now join Lamborghini Iron Lynx in 2023 to help develop the LMDh, while also competing in some GT races with an Iron Lynx-fielded Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo2.
“It’s an honor to be part of Lamborghini, it’s such an iconic brand for everyone who loves cars, including myself and my children,” Grosjean said in a statement.
Lamborghini has yet to unveil its LMDh, but we do know that it will use a chassis from Ligier, one of four chassis suppliers for LMDh, and will also run a V-8 hybrid powertrain, with the V-8 being a new twin-turbo Unit developed from Lamborghini’s own Squadra Corse racing arm, although thought to be related to the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 fitted to Lamborghini’s Urus SUV. The hybrid component will be a single motor-generator integrated into a 7-speed gearbox.
LMDh cars from competing teams will compete in the GTP class of the SportsCar Championship and the Hypercar class of the World Enduance Championship in 2023. Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche will field LMDh racers in 2023, with Alpine and Lamborghini joining the fray in 2024. ByKolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Toyota are all involved in the competing LMH vehicle category.
The first race where LMDh cars will take to the track is next month’s 2023 24 Hours of Daytona. It serves as the opening race of the SportsCar Championship 2023.