Porsche on Saturday supplied an early take a look at its sports activities prototype race automotive being developed for the brand new LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) class that can function a high class for each the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship ranging from 2023.
Porsche will enter its LMDh racer in each the WEC and SportsCar championships, and plans to have it prepared in time for the 2023 season, at which level there ought to be contenders from Audi, BMW and Cadillac additionally lining up on the grid. Alpine will be a part of the LMDh social gathering in 2024.
Teaser photographs for the automotive present a design just like Porsche’s profitable 919 Hybrid sports activities prototype that competed within the former LMP1 class of the WEC. There are additionally design components borrowed from Porsche’s highway automobiles, such because the LED strip for the taillights and swan neck strut (middle solely) for the dual-plane rear wing.
Consistent with LMDh guidelines, Porsche will use a chassis sourced from Canada’s Multimatic, considered one of 4 companies supplying chassis for the category. The automotive will tip the scales at round 2,200 kilos and generate round 680 hp from a hybrid powertrain.
Teaser for 2023 Porsche LMDh race automotive
Porsche will run its LMDh marketing campaign with America’s Group Penske, in each the WEC and SportsCar championships. The squad will probably be primarily based out of Penske’s headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina, the identical web site the place Penske oversees its IndyCar and NASCAR campaigns.
The crew will race below the banner Porsche Penske Motorsport, and the primary confirmed drivers are profitable SportsCar Championship drivers Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr.
Notice, LMDh is not a alternative for the brand new LMH (Le Mans Hypercars) class which additionally serves as a high class of the WEC, and noticed its first season in 2022. Steadiness of efficiency guidelines will assist to degree the enjoying area between the 2 lessons. Automakers dedicated to LMH embrace Ferrari, Peugeot, Toyota and Glickenhaus.
Porsche’s LMDh racer will begin testing in 2022. The primary LMDh race would be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona, the opening spherical of the 2023 SportsCar Championship.