Porsche and Audi partner up with Multimatic as LMDh chassis manufacturer

Audi and Porsche has confirmed their partnership with Multimatic as their Le Mans Daytona Hypercar chassis manufacturer for 2023.

The two German automotive manufacturers have chosen Multimatic (from the three others – Dallara, Ligier and Oreca) as a basis to build their LMDh.

Porsche has already announced a reuniting partnership with the Penske Motorsports outfit on their 2023 works Hypercar endeavours. The fellow VW Group make, Audi, are targeting an LMDh debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2023.

“It is a privilege to be chosen by Porsche for their next chapter in global hybrid prototype competition,” said Larry Holt, Executive Vice President of Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations.

Larry Holt – Credit: Porsche AG Pressroom

“The LMDh concept, and rules convergence between the FIA WEC and IMSA championships is unprecedented, and Multimatic’s commitment to the new model is all-in.”

The LMDh will have a 680hp power output with a 1030 kg base weight, like the bespoke LMHs, but will feature a specification hybrid powertrain that is eligible for both IMSA and WEC competition.

Holt continued: “The collaboration has already proven to be seamless and the enthusiasm of the team is palpable in every meeting.

“I am equally delighted with the recent Porsche Penske Motorsport announcement as we have enjoyed a long relationship with Roger Penske and his organization, as both collaborator and competitor.

“I can think of no better team, than our North Carolina neighbour, to campaign the new cars.”

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The Toronto-based make’s involvement in sportscar racing stretches back 30 years with their most recent efforts with Mazda Motorsports in IMSA (DPi, which LMDh will replace from 2023), in LMP2, and Ford’s GTE campaign from 2016-19.

Vice President Porsche Motorsport described the collaboration as ‘the most obvious and logical solution’.

It was most recently exemplified with supplying shock absorbers to the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, suspension components in the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, in addition to the Porsche 99X Electric Formula E car and the 911 RSR in the FIA WEC.

The Hypercar era has already commenced at the 6 Hours of Spa but 2023 is said to be an upcoming golden year with several outfits returning to the top tier of sports car racing.