How many pieces does LMDh have?  Porsche tells us so

How many pieces does LMDh have? Porsche tells us so


We are now about twenty days away from the debut of the all-new LMDh at the 24h of Daytona and the wait is growing.

In the first 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship event of the season, the next-generation hybrid models that Porsche, Cadillac, BMW and Acura have chosen to build will be presented at the start of the GTP Class.

One of the first cars in this category to start on the track, and start development tests, was the Porsche 963, which Team Penske, in collaboration with the Weissach company, has taken since last winter.

Knowing how such a complex car works and making it grow was not an easy thing, so much so that the first match of the expected championship which was to be held in November 2022 at 8h Bahrain was launched.

#963 Porsche Penske Motorsport, Porsche 963, GTP: Dane Cameron, Felipe Nasr, Matt Campbell

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The refusal of the German-American team to participate in the final round of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship helped the technicians to continue the data analysis and troubleshooting work on the LMDh that we will see at Daytona in two prototypes.

But how many pieces is this machine made of? The company Porsche Motorsport itself told us this, which a few days ago launched an investigation on its social networks, revealing that it has 16,705 private parts.

“A good puzzle for mechanics who will have to assemble a total of 4 works cars and 4 for customer teams between IMSA and WEC in this new season”, is Porsche’s opinion.

“On January 28, things get serious with the new Porsche 963. The LMDhs will start the 24 hours of Daytona and until then the mechanics will have a lot to do to prepare the GTP Class cars on time”.

#7 Porsche Penske Motorsport, Porsche 963, GTP: Mathieu Jaminet, Michael Christensen, Nick Tandy

#7 Porsche Penske Motorsport, Porsche 963, GTP: Mathieu Jaminet, Michael Christensen, Nick Tandy

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As we have seen now, there are some special features of the 963 that distinguish it from other LMDhs. In addition to the same power (500kW / 680hp), Weissach claims the top speed will be 340km/h for this car, including a single rear light that enters the underside of the wing, under which the Porsche logo is visible.

The styling center worked hard to create … the eyes of the 963, achieving a solution to install the headlights with four 8-LED lights placed in two rows each. In total, therefore, pilots will be able to count 64 LEDs to illuminate the road ahead of them.

The official Porsche Penske Motorsports team will have two 963 models to manage. The number 6 will be driven by Mathieu Jaminet, Nick Tandy and Dane Cameron, while the number 7 will be entrusted to Felipe Nasr, Matt Campbell and Michael Christensen.

#7 Porsche Penske Motorsport, Porsche 963, GTP: Mathieu Jaminet, Michael Christensen, Nick Tandy

#7 Porsche Penske Motorsport, Porsche 963, GTP: Mathieu Jaminet, Michael Christensen, Nick Tandy

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At Porsche, the rest of the day begins to see the 963 in action against its category rivals, after evaluating it in months and months of testing on multiple circuits, as Thomas Laudenbach explains.

“For me hearing this engine is like dealing with an old friend. With the new 963 LMDh we want to achieve twenty overall victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans, but also win the IMSA and WEC titles”, says the Vice President of Porsche. Car games.

“We know there will be Performance Balances governing this, so a lot of investment in increased performance is no longer worth it. Additional weight or other limitations will negate the improved performance that comes from hours on the wind tunnel or ‘advanced electronics’.”

“In this leadership position, we are leading our competitors, but we are also learning a lot in cooperation with international partners. And in areas that are very important to us, of course we are independent, as a model engine.”

“Our V8 has all the sports DNA. The lower position of the crankshaft, in particular, allows the optimization of the center of gravity of the car. The dry sump lubrication was already designed for the high acceleration of the 918. If you consider the degree. of freedom of principles, for example in terms of low weight and performance, this 4.6 liter engine provides an excellent basis for the LMDh.”

Thomas Laudenbach, Head of Porsche Motorsport

Thomas Laudenbach, Head of Porsche Motorsport

Photo by: Andreas Beil

“In addition to the overall fine tuning, there are also three fundamental changes. First, the V8 in the 963 also serves as an element of the car’s load-carrying design. Second, we designed it to use renewable energy.”

“And then, compared to the previous naturally aspirated engine, it is now equipped with two powerful turbochargers. The possibility of varying the boost pressure gives us flexibility when we have to respond to BoP regulations”.

“The same characteristics are prescribed for all engines. The same is true for aerodynamics. Drag and downforce must always remain within a specified window.”

“Some of the important factors in the car’s specifications were balance and the ability to drive the car in all conditions, with a full or empty tank, with new or used tires. We don’t need a top car. We just have to be fast, because this is what allows you win consecutive races and championships with BoP”.

“Furthermore, ease of use for the driver, especially in changing weather conditions, and better ease of maintenance for the Porsche Penske Motorsport pit crew were important to us.”

#7 Porsche Penske Motorsport, Porsche 963, GTP: Mathieu Jaminet, Michael Christensen, Nick Tandy

#7 Porsche Penske Motorsport, Porsche 963, GTP: Mathieu Jaminet, Michael Christensen, Nick Tandy

Photo by: Porsche

As outlined above, these will be joined by two other works participating in the FIA ​​WEC this year, as well as customer units commissioned by Jota (two cars), JDC-Miller Motorsports and Proton Competition, who will have 963s from the end of April.

For the next year, however, there may be at least twice as many cars provided by private teams, while Porsche has not hidden that it is in the process of evaluating the orders received, trying to know how to continue the chain of supply of equipment. and montage.

An aspect that should not be overlooked because when you have to assemble and work 16,705 parts, which obviously require relative spare parts, everything becomes difficult. As we have seen in recent months, where the top management of the German manufacturer has acknowledged the difficulty of obtaining parts and so on, moving forward the delivery times of cars to customer teams.

Finally there is also a curiosity: in the coming months it is possible that Lego will produce its own version of the Porsche 963 LMDh. At the moment it is said to be that of the ‘Champions of Speed’ line, so to a lesser extent.

But it would be really amazing if a big example is also made, maybe only 16,705 pieces…