Although it’s hardly a surprise to those who follow this type of thing, Porsche will indeed renew their efforts in endurance racing.
Porsche announced this week that they will debut new a LMDh prototype formula in 2023. Their return to top-tier competition adds another high-profile brand to IMSA’s revered LMP2 class.
“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,” said Porsche AG CEO Oliver Blume. “The project is extremely attractive for Porsche. Endurance racing is part of our brand’s DNA.”
As recently as 2016, Porsche competed for the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. They are now expected to return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the WEC. It’s likely that sister brand Audi will also join them.
“When we and our partners from the ACO announced our plans for LMDh in January at Daytona, this is exactly what we had in mind,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Porsche and Audi are two manufacturers synonymous with excellence in international prototype racing, so it’s appropriate that they are among the first to commit to LMDh. We are ecstatic to have these commitments and believe this is the tip of the iceberg for eventual manufacturer participation in LMDh.”
Porsche didn’t confirm any additional details. With the competition beginning in January, the team doesn’t have much longer to prepare.