After the farewell of the Porsche 911 RSR from the GTE-Pro class in the 2022 season, we return once more to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as Porsche Penske Motorsport with a hybrid prototype – the Porsche 963.
First experiences leave a mark – on races and teams. In 1923, the world stood witness to the first 24-hour race in Le Mans. 47 years later, the Porsche 917 KH scored the first victory in this internationally acclaimed race. It was a race that redefined the history of Porsche. It set the tone for the following decades in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
2023 is a historical year: 100 years of Le Mans and 75 years of Porsche. And the majority of the time was spent together. With 19 overall victories and 109 class victories, Porsche has raised the bar in the WEC. For Porsche, the FIA WEC is like an old friend who brings out the best in them. That’s why we like to show the FIA World Endurance Championship from its best side.
The next step: The Hypercar category.
Since the mid-70s, multiple vehicle categories have participated in the FIA WEC and are subject to varying guidelines. Teams such as Porsche Penske Motorsport consider these guidelines to be a challenge, but also an opportunity: For them, its about developing new technologies for vehicles. A recurring toping in the FIA WEC.
Currently, four vehicle categories are active in the WEC and they mainly focus on the distinction between amateur and professional teams as well as manufacturer and customer teams. For over ten years, teams participated in the categories LMP1, LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE Am. But in 2021 the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) as organizer of the WEC initiated a restructuring.
After twelve years, the GTE Pro category was dissolved at the end of the 2022 season. Porsche also had a moving farewell: In the last race in Bahrain, both 911 RSR bore a special livery with the word “Goodbye” depicted on the front windshield. But this farewell was not for forever: From 2024 onwards, the GT3 Premium category will be introduced. The GTE Am category will continue in 2023 and only retire at the end of the season. Until then, customer racing teams must race in derivates of road vehicles of the manufacturers.
The LMP2 category remains unaffected by the changes: customer racing teams will continue to compete with manufacturer vehicles.
The LMP1 category was abolished in 2021 and replaced with the Hypercar category. Until now, the Alpine Elf Team, Glickenhaus Racing, Peugeot Total Energies and Toyota Gazoo Racing have competed in this category. Since 2022, the Hypercar category is subdivided into two vehicle types: LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) and LMDh (Le Mans Daytona h). LMH type vehicles can only participate in the FIA WEC, while LMDh type vehicles may also participate in the IMSA. To the previously mentioned competition, Ferrari and Cadillac will be joining the grid with a LMDh type vehicle along with customer racing teams entering with their vehicles.
The Porsche 963 also is of the LMDh type – still, the Porsche Penske Motorsport Team will not experience disadvantages against LMH type vehicles. The regulations are tailored to assure fair races.
Our Customer Racing Teams.
We want to promote and shape the new era with LMDh prototypes.
Familiar tracks for new challenges.
The races of the FIA World Endurance Championship take place on seven racetracks worldwide. For some of the members of the Porsche Penske Motorsport Team, the upcoming tracks are old acquaintances. And the aspiration to race to victory on them remains the same.
Reunion among old friends.
Now, the team is back on the tracks where, amongst others, the Porsche 919 achieved a hattrick in Le Mans in the previous top category (LMP1). Back with a hybrid prototype, back to the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship, back to the highlight called the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Porsche Penske Motorsport Team is ready for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2023.