The team Porsche Penske Motorsport continues its progress on the way to the first track outings of the Porsche 963. During the two days of testing at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, the all-new LMDh prototype covered a total of 397 laps.
The Porsche 963 will be confronted with this route when it enters competition at the end of January 2023 on the occasion of the 24 Hours of Daytona (26-29 January). The distance of 2,274 kilometers covered on this track during these first tests is about the same as that from Stuttgart to Istanbul. The German manufacturer faced the outdoor conditions during these tests, with temperatures hovering around 35 degrees Celsius combined with high humidity of more than 90% and regular showers.
On the first of two days, the team was hampered by weather conditions: in accordance with US law, lightning near the Daytona Beach circuit forced all marshals to retreat inside to safety. As a result, the start of testing has been delayed by 90 minutes. The new prototype, which will aim for victory at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring next year, then began its own endurance race.
Factory drivers Dane Cameron (USA), Matt Campbell (Australia) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) shared the steering wheel controls of the car bearing the chassis number 03. Under the watchful eye of the experienced founder of American team Roger Penske « The Captain », the team improved the settings of the Porsche 963 and refined the interaction between engineers, drivers and mechanics.
Until 10 p.m. on the second day, the new race car ran without noticeable problems. Testing concluded with flashes of light streaking the night sky, giving a taste of the Porsche 963’s first race outing. , the sky above the new Bavarian weapon will also be lit up with a thousand lights: in keeping with tradition, the organizers of the 24 Hours of Daytona will set off a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Expected at the 8 Hours of Bahrain for the WEC final on November 12, the Porsche 963 will not be making the trip. It will therefore be at Daytona that she will make her competitive debut.