The Porsche 963 LMDh has passed its tests at Daytona

The Porsche 963 LMDh has passed its tests at Daytona


The Porsche 963 LMDh has passed its first full-scale test at the famous Daytona Speedway. Difficult but trying to create a new Zuffenhausen weapon in Endurance.

24 Hours of Le Mans, the WEC (World Endurance Championship) and IMSA Championship they are preparing a big change with new types of Hypercars and LMDh. Many manufacturers are returning to the competition and some are arriving for the first time.

Peugeot and Ferrari will be in Hypercars with their own chassis while Lamborghini for example will arrive on the LMDh chassis. The same goes for Porsche, a bit of a general disappointment, which we’d like to see return to its own chassis.

However, the manufacturer has adopted life-size measurements for his 963 LMDh at Daytona Speedway.

Porsche 963 LMDh

963 is operated by a 4.6-liter twin-turbo hybrid V8 borrowed from the 918 Spyder that develops the maximum power approved by the LMDh regulations, ie 680 hp.

It is based on a chassis developed by Multimatic which the German manufacturer trains and drives. Porsche confirmed that it will also take part in the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche Penske Motorsport is preparing for its first competition and, to do so, has tested the 963 LMDh model at the Daytona International Speedway circuit in Florida.

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Difficult tests

Over two days the car covered 397 laps of the track including the circuit’s famous banked corners as well as the winding track inside the ring. It means that The Porsche 963 has a total of 2,274 kilometersapproximate distance from Stuttgart to Istanbul.

Although the car ran without any major problems, The test was anything but smooth. For its first full-scale test on the circuit, the Porsche 963 LMDh it was delayed by 90 minutes from the start due to lightning incidents near the track. Under American law, the athletes were forced to get housing.

As soon as the race started, the temperature changed to around 35°C and the humidity over 90%, pushing the team to their limits. Occasional rains added to the difficulty. It is not enough to fear the German manufacturer who he claims that these types of stress are the best conditions test the endurance racing car.

Factory drivers Dane Cameron, Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet shared the wheel of the No. 3 car during its two days, under the watchful eye of Roger Penske. During this test, the team improved how drivers, mechanics and engineers interact together, as well as improving the configuration of the 963.

It is important for a reason The first race of the Porsche 963 LMDh will take place at this track on January 28 and 29 during the 24 Hours of Daytona. This explains why the team drove until 10pm on the last day of testing