I am sure that we will be in the best possible position in terms of technology and team structure to be able to win in the exciting competition between numerous manufacturers and different concepts.
Hybrid in excellence: the Porsche 963
Optimized perfection. At the heart of the new car is a multimatic chassis derived from the LMP2 category. While the design of the 963 race car is based on Porsche classics of the recent past, its interior values set new standards. These include the optimized chassis and a 4.6-liter V8 engine with twin turbochargers, including support from an electric motor.
Weighing around 1,000 kilograms, the race car is powered by a total output of 500 kW (680 PS). The engine's maximum speed is 10,000 rpm. With a maximum of 110 decibels when passing, the LMDh Porsche still produces a rich sound. The engine is based on the high-performance 918 Spyder hybrid sports car. The powerful engine is designed to run on renewable fuels. They enable a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
Team made with great pilots.
In the cockpits of the new LMDh bolides, experienced prototype champions alternate with experienced drivers from the Porsche works driver team.
"Over the past few months, the employees of Porsche Motorsport and Team Penske have come together to form an optimally functioning and committed unit, the Porsche Penske Motorsport Team," says a delighted Urs Kuratle, Head of Works Motorsport LMDh.
Some familiar names have already been confirmed for the races in the WEC and IMSA. These include: Kévin Estre, André Lotterer, Michael Christensen as well as the two sports car drivers Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr. Ready to give it all for the team.
The racing series: Ready for top performance.
For its intended entry into the WEC as well as the IMSA - the two most important endurance racing series in the world - including the classic 24h Le Mans, 24h Daytona and 12h Sebring, the new 963 is ready for use in challenging endurance races.
Porsche Penske Motorsport is preparing for the races at two locations: The German branch in Mannheim is responsible for the FIA WEC, while in Mooresville (North Carolina), U.S.A., the cars are prepared for the IMSA.
The official race debut is scheduled for January 2023 at Daytona, the traditional opener of the IMSA series. Porsche Penske Motorsport is targeting a possible final rehearsal at the season finale in Bahrain in November.