Lamborghini says future sportscar rules a “game changer”

Charles Bradley

During the Rolex 24 weekend at Daytona, bosses from IMSA and Le Mans organisers the ACO announced a new vision that would see IMSA’s new-for-2022 LMDh machinery be eligible to race against hypercars in the WEC, with the aim of having one common top-tier rules set by 2025.

Following the news, Lamborghini’s head of motorsport Giorgio Sanna told Motorsport.com that the timing could coincide with the Italian brand expanding its racing activities beyond its current GT3/GTD commitments in Europe and America and its one-make Super Trofeo series.

Led by former Ferrari F1 team boss Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini reported record sales in 2019 with a 43% increase in delivery to customers – selling 2,139 Huracan road cars that have racing equivalents built on the same production line in Santa’Agata Bolognese.

“Clearly, the new DPi [LMDh] is an interesting platform, as is the hypercar for the WEC,” said Sanna. “This is one of the categories that we are looking at with interest for a possible commitment in the future. But today, nothing is decided, it is just an evaluation that we will continue to do. Deciding when, in that case, will be the right time [to compete].

“The IMSA platform is very strategic for us because North America is our number one market. And so, to be able to win for three years consecutively at Daytona [in the GTD class], as we are also growing a lot with Super Trofeo, for us is a very good marketing tool. It promotes the brand awareness and the sporting side of the brand in the most important market that we have worldwide.”

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Reggiani said that the GT3 platform – branded GT Daytona in IMSA – “really opened the door to European manufacturers to race in the US”. He wants to see this model repeated in the top class in future.

“This has been a huge success, and I think what they want to do with [the new] DPi is exactly the same,” he said. “Manufacturers invest in motorsport for the world, not for one country. And the agreement between IMSA and ACO is a smart, more intelligent solution. We know the costs can grow, so it’s important to control them from a political point of view, and really stick to your rules.”

When asked about the potential of seeing Lamborghini contest for top honours at Le Mans, Reggiani replied: “I think this is what's really sexy [about what's] on offer from IMSA and the ACO. With the same car, you can contest the most iconic races in the world. And for every OEM, if you decide that you make an investment, you can capitalize in America and in Europe, I think this is really the biggest game changer in the field of motorsport. 

“This is a super-exciting opportunity, and we need to see how close it can be to our vision of motorsport.”