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Convergence ...it's really going to happen! LMH and LMDh will converge. This site shows the timeline of the cars appearing and racing, the news as it happens, oh and a bit of wild speculation and some history.

 BMW
  • 2 Dec 21 - Andretti still looking for LMDh programme - Racer.com
  • 2 Dec 21 - Peugeot 9X8 LMH will make its first tests at Motorland Aragon befor Xmas - soymotor.com
  • 24 Nov 21 - Ferrari LMH " The project is almost finished ... ready on track in June for the first tests" - Quattroruote.it
    • ...race debut Sebring 2023
  • 23 Nov 21 - Another BMW teaser image TheCars
  • 23 Nov 21 - BMW LMDh update sportscar365
  • 14 Nov 21 - Our summary of LMDh chassis providers' marques (and rumours) - Timeline
    • Why nothing from Ligier?
  • 13 Nov 21 - BMW Team RLL Confirmed As 2023 LMDh IMSA Factory Team dailysportscar.com
    • BMW reveal concept drawing of 2023 prototype theCars
  • 12 Nov 21 - Glickenhaus: "...continue racing in the WEC for another five years" motorsport.com
  • 11 Nov 21 - More on McLaren's LMDh ambitions - Racer.com
  • 11 Nov 21 - Glickenhaus tweet
    • We are pleased to announce that we will be joining The 2022 WEC season starting in Sebring. We look forward to many years of racing together.
  • 7 Nov 21 - Glickenhaus can return to WEC only if it enters every race - motorsport.com
  • 4 Nov 21 - DragonSpeed considering Hypercar entry with BR1 sportscar365
  • 3 Nov 21 - Porsche confirm new LMDh car first run "before Xmas" - motorsport.com
  • 29 Oct 21 - Alpine to Continue With A480 LMP1 Car in 2022 - sportscar365
    • Back to LMP2 for a year in 2023
  • 28 Oct 21 - Bahrain Wednesday Notebook - sportscar365
  • 27 Oct 21 - ORECA working on LMDh car for McLaren - dailysportscar.com
  • 23 Oct 21 - Interesting video of Peugeot 9X8 development turbo.fr via dailysportscar.com
  • 22 Oct 21 - More detail of Penske preparations for 2023 Porsche programme - Racer.com
  • 20 Oct 21 - Penske testing ORECA LMP2 ahead of possible program in 2022 - prep for 2023 - dailysportscar.com
  • 15 Oct 21 - LMP1s Set to Be Grandfathered Through 2022 - sportscar365
  • 06 Oct 21 - Alpine Confirm FIA WEC Entry With LMDh Car From 2024 - dailysportscar.com
    • LMP1s to stay through 2022
  • 27 Sept 21 - Dallara: BMW, Cadillac LMDh Projects “Very Separate” - sportscar365
    • Could support a third LMDh project for 2023 with fourth or even fifth OEM by 2025
  • 27 Sept 21 - And these posts of his sound a bit ominous...TenTenths.com and TenTenths.com
  • 24 Sept 21 - Jim's view on WEC BOP situation - TenTenths.com -
  • 23 Sept 21 - Glickenhaus to miss rest of 2021 WEC - AUTOhebdo.fr
  • 17 Sept 21 - Glickenhaus may skip 2022 WEC Sebring besause of IMSA issues - TenTenths.com
  • 17 Sept 21 - New detail dossiers on LMH and LMDh cars at Mariantic - try the Peugeot 9X8 or ByKolles
    • Work in Progress but you get the idea?
  • 16 Sept 21 - ByKolles to rollout LMH car “in the next four or five weeks” - sportscar365
    • 2022 WEC planned - may be two cars
  • 15 Sept 21 - Cadillac commit to a full-season FIA World Endurance Championship program - sportscar365
  • 14 Sept 21 - Glickenhaus 2022 campaign starting at Sebring and then the European WEC rounds and Le Mans - dailysportscar.com
  • 13 Sept 21 - Spring 2022 Rollout Targeted for Cadillac LMDh - sportscar365
    • “We need to have a rear wing per the regulations,”
    • Wingless one "was one of the very early renderings that sold the program in the company and got us excited about it"
  • 12 Sept 21 - Still possibilities for Audi presence in 2023 IMSA - sportscar365
  • 11 Sept 21 - IMSA confirm that WeatherTech Championship manufacturers must have “annual production of 2,500 or more vehicles for public consumption and public road use” - sportscar365
    • ...clarification in light of Glickenhaus' threatened legal action should its LMH not be eligible
  • 8 Sept 21 - BMW Confirm Dallara As LMDh Chassis Partner - dailysportscar.com
  • 31 Aug 21 - Audi drops plans for factory IMSA LMDh program - Racer.com
  • 27 Aug 21 - Veloqx team plots Le Mans comeback with 'Fangio' Hypercar - motorsport.com
  • 24 Aug 21 - Cadillac Confirm LMDh Programme In IMSA And WEC dailysportscar.com
  • 23 Aug 21 - The two biggest unknowns currently are GM & Alpine - more stories from LM reporters - sportscar365 (Alpine) & sportscar365 (GM)
  • 21 Aug 21 - Glickenhaus Racing will not be eligible to compete in IMSA - series president John Doonan confirms - sportscar365
    • ...but "Glickenhaus questions legality of IMSA rules on Le Mans Hypercars" motorsport.com
  • 20 Aug 21 - Alpine likely be LMDh based with Oreca the chassis partner – timing to be confirmed shortly - dailysportscar.com
    • More on the descion making process (LMH or LMDh? not so sure...) - sportscar365
  • 20 Aug 21 - Hendrick Motorsports in LM24 fact-finding visit for 2023 Cadillac LMDh effort - sportscar365
  • 19 Aug 21 - Some clarification (not...) on Cadillac WEC / LM24 programme - motorsport.com - sportscar365
  • 17 Aug 21 - Hypercar, LMH, and LMDh – The State Of Play – Who’s In, Who’s Out? - dailysportscar.com
  • 17 Aug 21 - Convergence Sparks Second Wave of LMDh, LMH Interest - sportscar365
    • "Multiple sources have linked Chinese-owned Geely and India’s Tata Motors to early discussions"
    • Geely = Lotus, Tata = Jaguar - interesting...
  • 15 Aug 21 - Glickenhaus quickest in Le Mans test day…sportscar365
  • 14 Aug 21 - Dempsey Proton Racing very interested in being an early LMDh customer for Porsche - dailysportscar.com
    • "we would like to bring a number of cars into the team"
    • "the specifics though will be some time in coming yet".
  • 9 Aug 21 - Alpine Hypercar class announcement looms - dailysportscar.com
  • 9 Aug 21 - Cadillac LMDh Announcement Delayed Again - sportscar365
  • 7 Aug 21 - An additional Asian manufacturer has emerged as possible candidate for LMDh - sportscar365
  • 7 Aug 21 - IMSA pondering late 2022 warm-up race for new LMDh prototypes - Racer.com
    • Just guessing... during PLM week end Sept 2022?
      We'll start a fantasy entry list
  • 5 Aug 21 - Lamborghini & Cadillac Close In On WEC LMDh Plans - dailysportscar.com
    • Cadillac in 2023 - Lamborghini In 2024
  • 5 Aug 21 - Lamborghini to become sixth LMDh manufacturer - Racer.com
    • Aiming for 2024 season "with an existing customer"
    • K-PAX Racing rumoured...“It’s something that we have talked about,” sportscar365
  • 4 Aug 21 - Customer Audis from Daytona 2023 - sportscar365
    • “high-end” Audi GT3 customers in dialogue ... LMP2 teams are also involved in discussions.
  • 31 July 21 - Lamborghini Nearing LMDh Decision - sportscar365
    • Plans 2024 entry to WEC & IMSA with top GT3 teams & VW Multimatic base
    • “The first step is to get the approval.”
  • 28 July 21 - Cadillac announcement due ahead of LM24 Aug 2021 - Racer.com
    • Chip Ganassi Racing to expand to 2 cars in 2022 IMSA DPi ahead of 2023 LMDh programme
    • GM 2023 programme "with multiple cars—possibly spread across IMSA and FIA WEC"
  • 23 July 21 - Toyota Will “Obviously Consider” IMSA Outings with LMH Car - sportscar365
    • No Lexus rebranding for IMSA...
    • “If and when the timing is right for us (Lexus) to go prototype [racing], it would be with an LMDh car.”
  • 21 July 21 - Ferrari hopes to race hypercar in IMSA following WEC convergence - motorsport.com
  • 20 July 21 - LMH Manufacturers Must Meet IMSA Criteria for Eligibility - sportscar365
    • OEM participation in LMDh requires a road car production of 2,500 units per year
  • 19 July 21 - IMSA President: Prototype Convergence “Very Satisfying” for the Sport - sportscar365
  • 17 July 21 - Lamborghini Representatives On Site (Monza WEC), Privateer Hypercar Interest Growing - dailysportscar.com
  • 16 July 21 - Dodge brand being considered for IMSA return based on Peugeot LMH racer.com
  • 16 July 21 - Peugeot Sport: Focused On WEC – ... Options In America Across Stellantis Group dailysportscar.com
  • 15 July 21 - 2 Glickenhaus SCG 007s at WEC 6Hrs Monza - paddock pics - dailysportscar.com
  • 13 July 21 -Peugeot 9X8 on display at Monza WEC this weekend - dailysportscar.com
  • 9 July 21 -LMH Cars Eligible to Compete in IMSA From 2023 - sportscar365
    • Head of Peugeot LMH program, “Currently our program is WEC only. We are focused on this program in the WEC.”
  • 9 July 21 -WEC's Le Mans Hypercars allowed to compete in IMSA from 2023 - motorsport.com
    • Toyota ... expressed an interest in participating in at least some of the big IMSA enduros
    • Glickenhaus:- "I want to do Daytona and I want to (do) Sebring and why not Petit Le Mans as well?"
  • 6 July 21 -When Will We See Peugeot’s 9X8 On Track? dailysportscar.com
    • “The target has always been a mid-2022 debut,” ... “so it may be after Le Mans..."
  • 13 June 21 - Glickenhaus Set for “Big Learning Experience” on Debut - sportscar365
  • 11 June 21 - BMW LMDh, IMSA Programme, Dallara Chassis - dailysportscar.com
  • 4 May 21 - Porsche Penske Motorsport Set For Full-Season LMDh Entries In WEC & IMSA - dailysportscar.com
    • "The new LMDh vehicle will also be entered as a customer car in both series as early as the 2023 season"
  • 29 April 21 - Audi to offer LMDh to customer WEC and IMSA teams in '23 - motorsport.com
    • Project leader of factory racing at Audi Sport, said it is anticipated that customer cars would run alongside factory machines "right from the start".
  • 19 April 21 - Lamborghini “Still Working” on LMDh “Scenario” - sportscar365
  • 4 March 21- Cadillac: LMDh regs have “caught our attention” - motorsport.com
    • “The way that our program works is as a customer program,”
    • "...the teams buy the chassis from Dallara and lease the engines from ECR. We don’t dictate whether or not they race..."
  • 12 Feb 21 - Mazda to close down DPi programme, no LMDh involvement - motorsportweek
  • 21 Jan 21 - ByKOLLES looks unlikely to race in the series this year - autosport.com
    • "It will be racing one day, but we are not under any pressure to race it," he (Colin Kolles) said
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