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The Porsche Penske LMDh, which will mark the big return of the brand to the highest level of World Endurance next year, which had already driven on the side of the Weissach test track, filed the asphalt of the Circuit de Barcelona -Catalunya in a full-scale test lasting several days. Its objective was to set up and evaluate systems, develop tires and work around the operation of the twin-turbo V8 engine and its hybrid elements. The steering wheel has notably been entrusted to the new factory drivers, Felipe Nasr and Dane Cameron.
“The success of these trials was an important milestone,” explained Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. « During our first laps on our test track in Weissach, it was essential to ensure that the basic functions of the LMDh prototype worked well. In Barcelona, we saw the full extent of development: runs of « Endurance, tuning work and, very importantly, the optimization of the interaction between all the partners involved in this project. I found it very impressive how quickly the employees of Porsche, Penske, Michelin, Multimatic and others have come together as one unit. »
As for Urs Kuratle, director of the Hypercar program, he added: « We carried out the first tests on a real circuit and managed to more than double the car’s previous mileage to over 2000 kilometres. Including our partners, more than 70 people were on deck. From an organizational point of view, it was another challenge. We have made major progress not only with the car, but [également] on operational cooperation and processes within Porsche Penske Motorsport. But we still have a long way to go before we reach the level where we want to be. »
« We have made great progress day by day during these tests. The feedback from the drivers, engineers and the team has always been positive », concluded Jonathan Diuguid, Managing Director of Porsche Penske Motorsport. « We are the first to put an LMDh vehicle through its paces in test mode. This gives us the opportunity to analyze the data collected over the coming weeks and months and face the competition in 2023 with the best preparation. possible. »
Porsche also indicated via press release that it would continue this substantive work « on different circuits in Europe and North America » before a planned homologation « in autumn » and a first official outing which should take place in January 2023 at the 24 Hours of Daytona.