Porsche will make its return to top-level endurance racing in 2023 with entries within the new LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) class in each the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship, the latter being the collection that hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Porsche will not go it alone, nevertheless. On Tuesday it confirmed it should companion with Crew Penske for its LMDh entries in each collection, competing beneath the Porsche Penske Motorsport banner. The squad can be primarily based out of Penske’s headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina, the identical website the place Penske oversees its IndyCar and NASCAR campaigns.
Porsche stated it signed a multi-year settlement with Penske, a staff it has already raced with efficiently up to now. Penske competed with the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 race automotive within the American Le Mans Collection from 2006 to 2008, taking residence the category title in every of the years it competed and beating the sooner LMP1 automobiles in some races. Penske additionally efficiently raced the Porsche 917 within the Can-Am collection in the course of the Seventies.
Artist’s impression of 2023 Porsche LMDh race automotive
LMDh is a brand new class for sports activities prototypes that can function a prime class within the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, in addition to the World Endurance Championship the place it should run alongside the Le Mans Hypercar class which saw its first race on May 1. Solely Toyota and Alpine had contenders for the inaugural race, with Toyota ending up the winner.
LMDh has been developed with a view of protecting a lid on prices, so groups want to make use of a spec chassis just like a present LMP2 chassis, sourced from one in every of 4 suppliers (Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic, and Oreca), and a hybrid powertrain of their very own selecting. The automobiles will tip the scales at round 2,200 kilos and output round 680 hp. Steadiness of Efficiency guidelines can be used to maintain LMDh and LMH automobiles aggressive.
Porsche Penske Motorsport will area two automobiles in every collection, although there can even be buyer groups fielding Porsche’s LMDh racer, as soon as once more in each collection. The brand new automotive, whose title is but to be revealed, is being developed alongside an LMDh racer from Audi.