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Lamborghini, Iron Lynx Join Forces for 2024 LMDh Program

Lamborghini, Iron Lynx enter partnership to run Italian manufacturer’s LMDh car in 2024…

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Lamborghini has confirmed Iron Lynx as the official operating team for its LMDh program in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting in 2024.

The two organizations will join forces for a “dual assault” under the Lamborghini Iron Lynx banner using the Italian manufacturer’s upcoming twin-turbo V8 hybrid prototype.

Iron Lynx is best known for its GT racing exploits with Ferrari in the WEC, the European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS where it won the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa last year.

However, it will now embark on a new chapter with a new manufacturer for its debut at the top level of sports car racing.

The LMDh partnership, which has been brewing in the paddock for several months, was announced on Saturday by Lamborghini chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelmann and head of motorsport Giorgio Sanna during the Grand Finals event at Portimao.

As part of the collaboration, Iron Lynx will switch to running Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2s next year.

“Ever since we announced our intention to race in the LMDh racing series, it was clear to us that Iron Lynx was the right partner to take such an important step with,” Winkelmann said.

“I am delighted to welcome the team to the Lamborghini family; over the years, Iron Lynx has proven to be a fast, strong and successful entity, just like the Lamborghini motorsport department.”

The Lamborghini Iron Lynx team will be intertwined with support from newly-formed Prema Engineering, which is owned by the same parent company as Iron Lynx.

Decorated single-seater team Prema and Iron Lynx joined forces this year for an LMP2 program that resulted in the former winning the European Le Mans Series title.

The two organizations are controlled by Switzerland-based DC Racing Solutions Ltd., which is led by FIA Women in Motorsport Commission president Deborah Mayer.

“I am really pleased that we can share the news about the partnership between Iron Lynx and Lamborghini, which marks a significant milestone for our group,” Mayer said.

“Our championship-winning racing pedigree, combined with the successful motorsport heritage of Lamborghini, will create the perfect mix to deliver a highly competitive performance on track. I am looking forward to this next chapter.”

Lamborghini has previously stated that a single team will run its Ligier-based LMDh car during the first year of competition.

The IMSA program will focus on four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds while the WEC effort is a full-season venture headlined by Lamborghini’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it will compete against other major brands with their LMDh and LMH cars.

“I am extremely proud of the partnership with Iron Lynx,” said Sanna.

“It is a team as young as Lamborghini Squadra Corse, which like us, has grown exponentially over the years and has become a protagonist in GT racing around the world after making its debut with us in Super Trofeo in 2018.

“Now, we find ourselves together again and will strive to be stronger and more mature and set great goals.

“From GT programs to LMDh, we have combined the excellence of three Italian organizations, while boasting a technical partnership with Prema Engineering through Iron Lynx, with whom it is our duty to achieve great results.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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