Porsche has confirmed their commitment to an LMDh programme sighting entries in both IMSA and the World Endurance Championship from 2023.
An agreement between the Porsche executive board has green-lighted a future return to a pinnacle category of endurance prototypes.
CEO of Porsche AG, Oliver Blume, said: “The new LMDh category allows us to fight for overall victories with a hybrid system at the Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring classics – without breaking the bank.
“The project is extremely attractive for Porsche. Endurance racing is part of our brand’s DNA.”
They last raced in LMP1 from 2014 to 2017, a category which faced its demise last month at Bahrain.
Having acclaimed three consecutive victories at Le Mans, and three FIA WEC championships (manufacturers’ and drivers’), they look to add onto a record of 19 overall victories at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
The main attraction with the LMDh has been the cost-effective formality to contest both major endurance championships, as Audi also look to follow suit in 2023.
LMDhs are based off an uprated LMP2 chassis, available from Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic or Oreca, featuring standardised hybrid and electronic systems.
Porsche has been able to select the concept for the combustion engine and the body design within the boundaries of the regulations.
This announcement follows from their recent dedication into the Gen-3 era of FE, and currently running GTE-Pro (and Am) entries in the FIA WEC.
“Now, the LMDh class closes the gap for us,” says Michael Steiner, Board Member for Research and Development.
“There, powerful hybrid drives (LMDh carrying 680hp at a weight of 1000kg) like the ones that are mounted in many of our brand’s models – go up against each other.”
They also hope for the future regulations to allow synthetic fuels, adding to sustainability of the category.
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Motorsport concluded in his ideal to “pick up where we left off” and to compete amongst a highly competitive and interested endurance category.