BMW's latest models have people divided in terms of design. From the 4-series to the M3 and M4, all of them come with massive kidney grilles. Like them or not, they are here to stay. The automaker even adopted the large grille design on their upcoming Le Mans Daytona h (LMDh) prototype racer.

The Bavarian automaker recently released a teaser sketch of the upcoming M LMDh prototype contender. It marks the automaker's return to top-flight sports car racing by joining the LMDh prototype category for the North American IMSA series. For the time being, BMW has yet to announce specific details about the vehicle or reveal the vehicle in full. However, the most noticeable design detail would be the huge kidney grilles that dominate the prototype's front end. Though it's a bit harder to notice, there's a large rear wing and aggressive aero around.

The design sketches of the BMW M LMDh were produced in close collaboration between BMW M Motorsport and BMW Group Designworks. According to the automaker, the race car's design is said to combine “the iconic elements of BMW M Motorsport design DNA with the performant architecture of an ultra-modern prototype.”

While the M LMDh prototype is intended to compete in the North American IMSA series, it is also eligible for entry in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans under the new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class. BMW has yet to confirm its return to Le Mans in 2023, but its participation in the 2023 Daytona 24 Hour Series could be a sign of things to come.

BMW has been actively competing in GT Categories at Le Mans for several years already. However, the automaker has only won the event outright once in 1999 with the V12 LMR. With Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, and Peugeot already confirmed for a return to Le Mans, hopefully, BMW will also make a comeback with the M LMDh.