Porsche completes maiden LMDh outing at Weissach

Porsche has performed the maiden outing for their Le Mans Daytona Hypercar at their Weissach HQ test track, driven by Frederic Makowiecki.

The German manufacturer began their initial steps to their top-tier sportscar racing return with their Le Mans Daytona Hypercar (LMDh).

IMSA’s highest car class, the Daytona Prototype International (DPi), is set to be replaced by the Hypercar category next year.

Hypercars have already debuted and replaced WEC’s LMP1 since last year’s Season 9.

Porsche will join the likes of Audi and several other outfits who will opt for IMSA, WEC, or both campaigns.

Frederic Makowiecki, a factory driver for Porsche, said: “To be honest, it was a very positive roll-out.

“We could do some laps and discovered that the car is working as expected.

“Now we have a good starting point to go forward.”

Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Motorsport, said: “We are very proud of this important step in the development process of our new FIA WEC/IMSA
contender for 2023.

“Thanks to everybody involved in Weissach and at Team Penske.”

Porsche will return to the WEC after winning three consecutive LMP world championships and Le Mans victories from 2015 to their LMP1 departure in 2017.

A partnership with Penske Motorsport will be revived since their Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 which marked a collaboration of four years in the mid-2000s.

With an record win tally of 19 at Le Mans, and 18 at the Daytona 24, their Hypercar debut will see them compete for both outright wins.

Their new LMDh chassis by Multimatic will be the skeleton of a car making up to 680 hp relative to a Balance of Performance.

Restrictions are in place on the physical dimensions which contrasts the more open ‘Le Mans Hypercar’ formula.

More testing and development will take place throughout this year as they prepare for 2023.

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