Porsche shows LMDh car with WEC driver and IMSA 2023

Porsche shows LMDh car with WEC driver and IMSA 2023


Alongside the Goodwood Speed ​​Festival, Porsche unveiled its brand new LMDh race car for a return to Le Mans 24 Hour and 24h Daytona for the first time. The official name of the 680-hp model has now been decided: Porsche 963, according to classics winners 956 and 962 from the 1980s.

The first official Porsche 963 race is scheduled for January 2023 at Daytona Hours in the USA. Meanwhile, the FIA ​​WEC has opened the doors to the pilot run as part of the upcoming rounds of this year’s World Cup. Porsche Penske Motorsport focuses on possible out-of-the-box exercises in Bahrain season finals in November.

Porsche 963 Drivers

Along with the presentation and complete technical performance data, Porsche, which is partnering with the traditional American Penske race team, has also announced a line of drivers for the WEC and IMSA ranks. Famous names like Nico Hülkenberg or Mark Webber, which fans have speculated for a while, were not there before. Instead, the manufacturer of the sports car relies heavily on drivers from its unit.

Drivers of the works are Kévin Estre (France), Michael Christensen (Denmark), André Lotterer (Germany), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), Matt Campbell (Australia), Mathieu Jaminet (France) and the newly known Dane Cameron (USA). ) and Felipe Nasr (Brazil) compete in the WEC and IMSA, with other drivers joining the American endurance race, including development driver Fred Makowiecki.

LMDh’s promise of Le Mans Lotterer’s three-time winner seemed to be a clear secret. Kama Motorsport-Magazin.com reported weeks ago, this does not mean he has to leave Formula E. A native of Duisburg, he could start in 2023 with the new Porsche Andretti customer team. According to rumors, he will be replaced in the factory team by former champion Antonio Felix da Costa as well as Pascal Wehrlein.

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Photo: Porsche AG

Porsche: V8 biturbo with a capacity of 4.6 liters

Porsche is working with a Canadian high-tech company Multimatic on a newly developed car base. Common hybrid features are contributed by Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac. The heart of the car is a 4.6-liter V8 biturbo. The engine is based on the 918 Spyder hybrid sports car. Its DNA returns to the RS Spyder race car, which Porsche and the Penske team celebrated many successes from 2005 to 2008.

Jonathan Diuguid is the CEO of Porsche Penske Motorsport. “The expectations are very high,” says the American. “Not only from the public, but also from Porsche and Penske, who have written great stories in motorsport together in the past.”

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Photo: Porsche AG

Diuguid and Travis Law (Director of Competition) lead the international team Porsche Penske Motorsport and lead management in the World Endurance Championships and IMSA series. The team at FIA WEC is led by Bernhard Demmer (General Manager) and Francis Schammo (Team Manager), at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar in North America Joel Svensson (Team Manager) is responsible.

“After 7,889 miles of testing in the first half of 2022, we find ourselves on the right track, but there is still work to be done before the start of next season,” insists Thomas Laudenbach, Head of Vehicles. “I am confident that we will be well-organized in the technical area and have also created the right structures for the team to be able to win in an exciting competition between many developers and different concepts.”

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Photo: Porsche AG

Trouble during the trial in Aragon

Porsche was the first of all LMDh developers to complete the printing of its race car and skillfully prepares its first version. However, not everything went smoothly, as Motorsport CEO Laudenbach revealed in an interview for the next edition of Motorsport-Magazin.com. One of the most common components in an electric car drive caused problems.

Laudenbach: “The last attempt at Aragon did not go as planned, you have to be honest. We had planned to run for 36 hours, but unfortunately that was not possible. That discouraged us and pushed us back a little. Man but we have to leave the church in the village. “Aragon has not simplified the situation. But we are very far from getting anxious. I still sleep peacefully.

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Photo: Porsche AG

Porsche Penske Motorsport is preparing two 963s for the largest series of motor racing in the world in Mooresville, North Carolina and the Mannheim area. The WEC base in Baden-Württemberg was established at the former Penske Automotive Porsche.

The high performance data line connects team bases in Mooresville and Mannheim with the Porsche development center in Weissach. Data exchange between the three state-of-the-art Porsche Penske Motorsport facilities takes place almost in real time. The WEC team will relocate to Mannheim in the autumn of this year.