Porsche Motorsport are collaborating with the successful Penske outfit for a joint double-car LMDh line-up in the 2023 IMSA and WEC seasons.
Porsche are already announced intentions to return to top-tier sportscar racing and the LMDh program from 2023 and join the Hypercar era that has begun in the WEC already.
The LMDh, loosely-based off an LMP2, with have a 680 hp specification hybrid powertrain with the entry choosing their chassis from four manufacturers (Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic and Oreca); the aerodynamics are decided by the entry.
Audi are making progress with their LMDh which will work closely parallel to the LMDh from Porsche. They also announced open plans to have customer entries.
“As of 2023, Porsche will compete in the major endurance racing series. Our intention is to support and shape the new era with our LMDh prototypes,” said Michael Steiner, Board Member for Research and Development.
“Not only will we be keeping our fingers crossed for the four factory cars we have in total, but also for our customer teams.
The new LMDh vehicle will also be entered as a customer car in both series as early as the 2023 season. These partner teams will be given our full support.
“Whatever insights we gain from our factory effort will also be shared with them.”
The two outfits last collaborated from 2004 to 2008 in the American Le Mans Series and secured three LMP2 titles with their Porsche RS Spyder.
The LMDh will enable two sides of commitment in sportscar racing: one in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with their 24 Hours of Daytona.
After their 19th overall victory at Le Mans in 2017, the marque are eager for their 20th as the Penske name finally look towards adding the historic Circuit de la Sarthe event to their accolade of successes.