Porsche has given a sneak peek at the designs for its new LMDh prototype after its executive board voted in favour of returning to top-tier endurance racing in 2023.
Porsche vied with Audi for top honours at Le Mans for several years until the costs of producing the highest-spec cars forced them out.
However the two will soon once again be facing off as top contenders after the introduction of the new LMDh category, which will be shared between the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
It means that For the first time in more than 20 years it will be possible foe manufacturers to fight for overall victories with identical vehicles at endurance races around the world, while also keeping costs under control.
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“I’d like to thank our board of directors for the immense confidence they have in the motorsport strategy we’ve developed,” said Fritz Enzinger, Porsche’s vice president of motorsport.
“We hold a record with our 19 outright wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and we’ve climbed to the top podium step many times at major races in the USA. We can continue this tradition with an LMDh vehicle while at the same time keeping costs reasonable.
“The new LMDh category allows us to fight for overall victories with a hybrid system at the Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring classics without breaking the bank,” explained Porsche AG CEO Oliver Blume.
“The project is extremely attractive for Porsche,” he added. “Endurance racing is part of our brand’s DNA.”