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Porsche happy with Daytona test progress for 963 LMDh car

Thomas Laudenbach, boss of Porsche Motorsport, described the test at the venue for the hybrid prototypes race debut in Januarys Daytona 24 Hours, the opening round of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as an excellent step of progress.

I’m glad to note that we did make progress, Laudenbach told Motorsport.com.

The [development] curve went upwards and we made lots of miles, that is good.

The test conducted by the Porsche Penske Motorsport squad coincided with a revised version of the universal LMDh hybrid systems motor generator unit produced by Bosch coming on stream, an element dubbed version 2.2 by Porsche insiders.

But Laudenbach stopped lacking describing the run at Daytona as a breakthrough test for the 963, that may take Porsche back again to the pinnacle of sportscar racing in both IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.

I’m pleased with the progress, but there’s still plenty of work to take action I think it really is too early to state if it had been a turning point, he explained.

I dont desire to be too negative, nonetheless it isn’t done yet.

Porsche 963 LMDh

Porsche 963 LMDh

Photo by: Porsche

Laudenbach conceded that development of the Porsche LMDh, which ran for the very first time at least half a year prior to the rival machines from BMW, Cadillac and Acura, continues to be behind schedule.

His comments came after Porsche confirmed that it has abandoned any plans to contest the Bahrain WEC finale in November with the 963 on a non-points, invitational basis towards retaining a concentrate on testing.

Porsche will battle to deliver the client cars earmarked for the IMSA series next year with time to allow them to race at Daytona by the end of January, Laudenbach conceded.

He also refused to invest in the WEC customer Porsches being present at their first race of the growing season, the Sebring 1000 Miles in mid-March.

The single 963 present at Daytona covered a lot more than 2200km in the hands of Dane Cameron, Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell during the period of two days, including wet-weather and night-time running.

It followed the initial US test for Porsches new LMDh at Sebring in July, which spanned five days.

The Daytona test was also attended by Cadillac and Acura making use of their respective V-LMDh and ARX-06 contenders.

Cadillac had two cars present, with one run by all of its factory teams for next season, Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing, and Acura with an individual chassis taken care of by Wayne Taylor Racing.

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