They recorded significant progress during multiple drives at the in-house development site in Weissach (Germany) and on the European circuits of Barcelona (Spain), Aragon (Spain) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). Factory drivers including Frédéric Makowiecki from France, Felipe Nasr from Brazil and the American Dane Cameron have been behind the wheel of the hybrid-drive car during the development tests conducted so far.
“As of the beginning of May, our LMDh car has already completed more than 6,000 km in a wide range of conditions,” says Urs Kuratle, Head of Works Motorsport LMDh. This distance corresponds almost exactly to the distance covered by the fastest prototypes in the American IMSA series (DPi class) during an entire Daytona 24-hour race event – including all practice sessions and official tests (the three-day ‘Roar before the 24’) as well as the 100-minute qualifying run and the legendary 24-hour race. The focus of the test work to date has been on function checks, the optimisation of the interaction between the V8 biturbo internal combustion engine and hybrid components, and development work with tyre partner Michelin.
Further test drives are planned for the coming months, including in North America. The LMDh car is scheduled to compete for overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, among other events, from 2023.
The Porsche Penske Motorsport works team tackles the 24 Hours of Le Mans with three Porsche 963. Together with the two hypercar vehicles from the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the squad will also compete with a hybrid prototype from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Major setbacks hampered the two Porsche 963 fielded by the Porsche Penske Motorsport factory squad at the 61st edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona. In the GTD category, the new Porsche 911 GT3 R had almost no chance due to an unfavourable Balance of Performance classification.
The two Porsche 963 fielded by the Porsche Penske Motorsport factory squad have wrapped up their first qualifying session in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with varying degrees of success. In the GTD classes, the seven Porsche 911 GT3 R secured only mediocre grid positions.