Porsche Penske Motorsport team has unveiled their new Porsche 963 LMDh race car for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Launched at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Team Penske and Porsche have joined hands again to return to the WEC in an effort to clinch overall victories at the biggest endurance races on earth, like the 12hrs of Sebring, 24hrs of Daytona and the 24hrs of Le Mans.
Design-wise, inspirations have been taken from previous race winning race cars like the gorgeous Porsche-Penske 962 and 956. The design is influenced by those race winners from 1980’s with a splash of modernity, and to good measure. Sharper headlights and a continuous strip of light at the rear echo the 992-generation 911 styling. The 963 will even sport the typical red-white-black colour scheme, paying homage to Porsche’s motorsport history.
The 963 will boast a newly developed LMP2 spec-based vehicle chassis supplied by Canadian manufacturer Multimatic. But the limelight here gets stolen by a 4.6-litre V8 Biturbo engine based on the glorious 918 Spyder hybrid sports car. This beast, in addition to the standard hybrid system from Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac, churns out a class-limited 680PS (500KW) of power.
The team wants to build up on the reputation on legendary Porsche race cars like the 917, 935 and the 919 hybrid. As the constructor with the most overall Le Mans wins at 19, Porsche 963 will sure be having a lot riding on its shoulders.
The Porsche-Team Penske association has been successful in the past, with the team gathering up multiple victories throughout the 2005-2008 seasons. After about a decade and a half of separation, the two forces again joined hands in 2021 to compete from the 2023 WEC LMDh spec category.
The Porsche 963 will have its racing debut in January 2023 at the 24 Hours of Daytona with a non-competitive practice at Bahrain in November. The new LMDh category will be contested heavily the coming season with constructors all over the world taking part. German stable-mate Audi, Acura, BMW and Cadillac are among the ones participating in the 2023 season LMDh class with even more carmakers like Alpine and Lamborghini coming in 2024.