Manufacturers Work To Gain IMSA & ACO Approval Of LMDh Prototypes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It’s no secret that the four participating manufacturers in the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have been testing and developing their 2023 LMDh challengers, literally around the clock. “Homologation is a process capturing the specification of a lot of detail in the car, the engine and other aspects of the vehicle,” Kurdock explained. “We work with IMSA to get the car where they’re happy for us to go racing with it, and then we go back to the teams and make sure that they understand the form of the car they are supposed to bring to race in January. The final step in the homologation process will unfold over the next few weeks. During the two years that the LMDh cars have been in development, manufacturers were encouraged to communicate with the sanctioning bodies in an effort to keep the homologation process moving smoothly. “Homologation, that gets quite a bit more ‘personal’ because you start to get into the intellectual property of the car and the details of what’s going on,” HPD’s Crawford said.

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