Porsche Penske Motorsport: Successful first tests in Barcelona


The new LMDh prototype from Porsche Penske Motorsport passed its first test with flying colors at the Circuit de Catalunya, in the suburbs of Barcelona. The car has covered more than 2,000 kilometers in the past few days.

The new LMDh prototype from Porsche Penske Motorsport passed its first test with flying colors at the Circuit de Catalunya, in the suburbs of Barcelona. The car has covered more than 2,000 kilometers in the past few days.

The objective of these tests was to carry out the first tune-ups, to develop the tires and to optimize the interaction between the V8 Turbo engine and the hybrid elements, as provided for in the regulations. For several days, Porsche’s new factory drivers Felipe Nasr (Brazil) and Dane Cameron (USA) took turns at the wheel of this around 500 kW (680 PS) racing car.

« The successful test in Barcelona was an extremely important milestone », summarizes 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. In Spain we saw the full extent of the development: endurance races, tuning work and, very importantly, the optimization of the interaction between all the partners involved in this project. I was very impressed with how quickly people from Porsche, Penske, Michelin, Multimatic and others were able to collaborate. I want to thank everyone for the role they played. »

« I got into the LMDh car for the first time a good fortnight ago in Weissach, » said American driver Dane Cameron. “It was mainly functional testing. The progress made up to our first laps in Barcelona is impressive. During the test days, we made steady progress. Every day we managed to cover more kilometers and the performance improved significantly”.

Porsche continues its development program with the new LMDh prototype on various circuits in Europe and North America. In the fall, the car will be homologated, then it will make its first race outing in January 2023 at the 24 Hours of Daytona, before starting its career in the FIA ​​WEC.

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