Porsche has unveiled the first images of their Le Mans Daytona Hypercar set compete in the WEC and IMSA, and has confirmed their first two drivers.
The German manufacturer will return to top tier sportscar racing in 2023 with the Hypercar category.
It will be the first time since they have competed at the top level since their Porsche LMP1 programme from 2014-17 which secured a hat trick of Le Mans wins in their 919 Hybrid.
In partnership with Penske Motorsport, they will take on both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
It will be the first time in 30 years in which Porsche can compete for overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Thomas Laudenbach explained the current status with the LMDh project.
“We are working all-out with our partner Penske on the development of the new LMDh prototype and collaborate closely with the chassis manufacturer Multimatic at all times.
“In January, we will begin intensive testing to ensure that we are optimally prepared for our 2023 competition debut.”
Earlier this year, the confirmation of their chassis manufacturer, Multimatic, was already announced.
Double IMSA DPi champions Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr have both been confirmed as new works drivers who will work closely with the project’s development.
In Porsche’s final GTE-Pro season next year, Michael Christensen will replace former WEC LMP1 champion Neel Jani in the #92 to partner Kevin Estre.
Jani will remain as a factory driver but could be seeking out a spot amongst the remaining Hypercar seats.
Porsche’s 680 hp LMDh is expected to make numerous testing appearances next year before the full-time return in 2023.
They will join a roster of other manufacturers competing in the Hypercar category including the likes of Audi who will also make their comeback in 2023, alongside Toyota, Peugeot, Glickenhaus, ByKolles and more.