Update from Porsche on 2023 LMDh project
Porsche has this morning released an update regarding its entry into next year’s Hypercar category of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The vehicle will be fielded in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under the team name, Porsche Penske Motorsport.
Porsche has confirmed its intensive test programme to prepare for the race debut in January 2023 has started. This premiere will take place at the traditional opening round of the IMSA series – the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
#LMDh - The intensive test programme to prepare the new #Porsche LMDh prototype for its race debut in January 2023 has started.— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) January 27, 2022
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In selecting the combustion engine to complement the standard hybrid elements, as stipulated by the regulations, Porsche opted for a large-capacity twin- turbo V8 unit. The powerful engine is designed to run on renewable fuels, which means a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. In the race, the system output of the hybrid drive reaches around 500 kW (680 PS).
“We were spoiled for choice with the engine for our LMDh prototype, because the product range offers several promising baseline units,” explains Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. “We decided on the V8-biturbo, which we feel offers the best combination of performance characteristics, weight and costs. The kick-off to the active test programme was an important step for the project.”
Read the full press release from Porsche HERE.