Porsche begins testing its LMDh prototype with a camouflaged version

While all motorsport fans are waiting to see the great return of Porsche and Peugeot in Endurance, here is something to wait a bit. The Stuttgart firm is currently testing its LMDh prototype in Barcelona, ​​on the Catalunya circuit.

Development work on the new Porsche LMDh prototype continues and the race car was recently put through its paces in a test session in Barcelona. Circuit de Catalunya hosted high-speed homologation and test procedures for the new hybrid racing car. After initial testing at Porsche’s Weissach circuit, the LMDh prototype was recently brought to Spain for Porsche works drivers Felipe Nasr and Dane Cameron to complete a few laps behind the wheel. The duo has traveled more than 2,000 kilometers and the first feedback is very positive.

The main task of the Zuffenhausen engineers was to develop the tires and to optimize the interaction between the V8 engine and the components of the hybrid system. “The successful tests in Barcelona were an extremely important step”commented Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. “During our first test laps at our Weissach track, it was essential to ensure that the basic functions of the LMDh prototype were working. In Spain, we saw the full extent of the development: endurance races, work on the settings and, very importantly, the optimization of the interaction between all the partners involved in this project”.

Toyota and Peugeot have something to worry about?

Contrary to what Toyota and Peugeot decided for their hybrid racing cars, Porsche installed a V8 engine that meets LMDh electrified powertrain regulations. The Japanese and French competition will use a V6 block, but Porsche’s eight-cylinder engine can rev up to 10,000 rpm and runs on renewable fuels. Total system power for all cars must not exceed 671 horsepower, knowing that Williams Advanced Engineering takes care of supplying the battery and Bosch the electric motor capped at 67 horsepower (50 kW).

Porsche will continue the development program of its LMDh prototype on various circuits in Europe and North America later this year. Once all the work has been completed, the prototype will be homologated and will make its official debut next January during the “Rolex 24 At Daytona”.

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