Video: 2023 Porsche Hybrid Prototype Hits the Track

January 24, 2022

More than 670hp from this electrified track weapon!

Porsche had a lot to say about its 2022 racing plans at the annual Night of Champions – but the big news was for 2023, and it was only teased. This is your first look at the new Porsche LMDh hybrid prototype that will be gunning for glory at the 24 hours of Daytona!

Hot off the heels of a record-setting 2021, Porsche has ambitious, global goals for its various motorsports programs – and, while the company says its primary focus will be on its two factory-backed entries in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (where the all-electric Taycan will serve as Safety Car for season 8), Porsche also has an ongoing interest in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and if the excitement surrounding its LeMans/Daytona hybrid program (LMDh) is even a little bit justified, the rest of the endurance field should be very worried.

“Motorsports have always had a special role to play in Porsche’s corporate strategy, and for more than 70 years now we have used the racing stage as the testing grounds for our latest technologies … we are determined to play an active role in shaping the future, while ensuring we retain our motorsports DNA,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

Image courtesy Porsche AG.


Looking ahead

That forward-looking sensibility was highlighted at the Night of Champions by the Porsche Mission R concept, which was unveiled at the IAA MOBILITY show in Munich last year as a vision of what a 1,073 hp privateer race car (think Porsche 935) might look like in the future.

Looking in the nearer term, Porsche teased a few choice shots of its upcoming LeMans and Daytona 24 hr. contender during the event, which seem to show off a much curvier design concept than the championship-winning, knife-edge Porsche 919 hybrid racer of the last era. See if you agree in these photos, below.

Rumor has it that the as-yet unnamed hybrid racer will be campaigned by Team Penske, and – like its VW stablemantes, Audi and Lamborghini, its sharpest track weapons will use an LMP2-style composite monocoque chassis developed by the smart Canadians at Multimatic.

We’re not hear to talk about machine shops and parts suppliers and look at weirdly camouflaged P-cars in a photos studio, though. We’re here to see this 670 hp, HGU-h powered hybrid racecar in its natural habitat: the Weissach test track in Porsche’s backyard.

Enough talk, then: here it is.

Source | Images: Porsche.


Video: 2023 Porsche Hybrid Prototype Hits the Track

January 24, 2022

More than 670hp from this electrified track weapon!

Porsche had a lot to say about its 2022 racing plans at the annual Night of Champions – but the big news was for 2023, and it was only teased. This is your first look at the new Porsche LMDh hybrid prototype that will be gunning for glory at the 24 hours of Daytona!

Hot off the heels of a record-setting 2021, Porsche has ambitious, global goals for its various motorsports programs – and, while the company says its primary focus will be on its two factory-backed entries in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (where the all-electric Taycan will serve as Safety Car for season 8), Porsche also has an ongoing interest in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and if the excitement surrounding its LeMans/Daytona hybrid program (LMDh) is even a little bit justified, the rest of the endurance field should be very worried.

“Motorsports have always had a special role to play in Porsche’s corporate strategy, and for more than 70 years now we have used the racing stage as the testing grounds for our latest technologies … we are determined to play an active role in shaping the future, while ensuring we retain our motorsports DNA,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

Image courtesy Porsche AG.


Looking ahead

That forward-looking sensibility was highlighted at the Night of Champions by the Porsche Mission R concept, which was unveiled at the IAA MOBILITY show in Munich last year as a vision of what a 1,073 hp privateer race car (think Porsche 935) might look like in the future.

Looking in the nearer term, Porsche teased a few choice shots of its upcoming LeMans and Daytona 24 hr. contender during the event, which seem to show off a much curvier design concept than the championship-winning, knife-edge Porsche 919 hybrid racer of the last era. See if you agree in these photos, below.

Rumor has it that the as-yet unnamed hybrid racer will be campaigned by Team Penske, and – like its VW stablemantes, Audi and Lamborghini, its sharpest track weapons will use an LMP2-style composite monocoque chassis developed by the smart Canadians at Multimatic.

We’re not hear to talk about machine shops and parts suppliers and look at weirdly camouflaged P-cars in a photos studio, though. We’re here to see this 670 hp, HGU-h powered hybrid racecar in its natural habitat: the Weissach test track in Porsche’s backyard.

Enough talk, then: here it is.

Source | Images: Porsche.


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