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WEC and IMSA’s new Porsche LMDh prototype debuts on test

The new car ran on a German manufacturer’s Weissach test truck in a development complex based with Frenchman Frederick Makowiecki, who is driven by Motorsports headquarters on Friday.

The Porsche Hybrid is the first car to return to the top of sports car racing since 2017 with a delayed rollout and is understood to have completed multiple laps.

The new Porsche Motorsport boss Thomas Rowdenbach reiterated his intention to get the car up and running by the end of 2022 in his first interview after taking over that role in September.

LMDh, which was first on track, was scheduled to shake down at the beginning and end of December, but these plans were postponed due to delayed arrival of parts.

Porsche factory driver Makobiecki, who was a reserve in the 919 Hybrid P1 program, said in a series of Twitter posts from the manufacturer: As I expected.

“This is a good starting point for moving forward. My first thoughts were directed at all the people who worked for months to get the Porsche LMDh car to the ground.

“It’s a very emotional moment to be allowed to represent them.”

Laudenbach described the test as “a very important step in the development process for the new WEC / IMSA candidate for 2023.”

Porsche LMDh prototype

Photo: Porsche

Based on the next-generation LMP2 car developed by Canada’s Multimatic Motorsports organization, Porsche LMDh will undergo further testing in Weissach over a 10-day period starting next week.

The test will then be moved to the appropriate race circuit in a private location by the end of January.

Development will be led by Felipe Nasr and Dane Cameron, announced as Porsche drivers in December, and will be part of Team Penske’s factory team lineup at both WEC and IMSA in 2023.

Plans to carry out some of the early tests in the United States have been abandoned and it is known that initial development of new cars will only take place in Europe.

More technical details of the car, which shares its structure and running gear with sister Marquea Woody’s LMDh, may be announced when entering the appropriate circuit.

The composition of the engine that powers the new Porsche and Audi has not yet been revealed.

The name of the car may come later this year. WEC and IMSA’s new Porsche LMDh prototype debuts on test

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