Things were a little uncertain there for a while with the amount of cars returning to Le Mans, or lack thereof. We had Toyota and co signing up for the highly anticipated Hypercar class but the Aston Martin Valkyrie has been non-committal, and Ferrari have been rather quiet.
But with Audi now back in the game it has proven too irresistible for Porsche—they simply have to compete. So in 2023 they will line up in the LMDh class at Le Mans while also competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and other endurance classics like Daytona and Sebring.
The cost of the project is key. Using an upgraded LMP2 spec chassis from one of four different manufacturers, the cars also use a standardised hybrid system including control electronics. The racing cars will weigh around 1,000 kilograms and powered by a 500 kW (680 hp) hybrid system. The body design and combustion engine are left to each manufacturer to produce adding variety and freedom where it matters.
Michael Steiner, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG also added a note about the series being a platform for the development of synthetic fuels, which if became a reality would benefit the combustion engined cars on the road today.
Things are looking up for motorsport fans in 2023!