Porsche and Team Penske, two hugely successful racing teams with countless championship titles, have collaborated to run factory entries in the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship and the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). The new team is expect to field LMDh prototypes, running under the name Porsche Penske Motorsport, commencing in 2023.
The new LMDh category of hybrid race cars focuses on high cost-efficiency. The vehicles are based on an upgraded LMP2 chassis with standardized specifications for the hybrid and control systems. Each manufacturer is able to choose their own combustion engine and body design, as long as they stay within the framework of the regulations. The vehicles will weigh about 2,200 pounds and develop about 680 total system horsepower. The Executive Board at Porsche AG gave the green light to its LMDh program last December.
Porsche Penske Motorsport has targeted victories at the world’s most challenging races — Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. “We are delighted that we were able to get Team Penske to form this partnership,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “For the first time in the history of Porsche Motorsport, our company will have a global team competing in the world’s two largest endurance series.”
“This is a proud day for our entire Penske organization. We have represented Porsche on the track or in our businesses for more than six decades. The heritage and success we have enjoyed together is unparalleled throughout our history,” comments Roger Penske. “I can’t wait to get started as we build a global racing program with Porsche that will compete for wins and championships well into the future.”
In addition to the Porsche Penske Motorsport teams, customer teams will also be running the group’s LMDh prototypes. “As of 2023, Porsche will compete in the major endurance racing series. Our intention is to support and shape the new era with our LMDh prototypes,” Dr. Michael Steiner, Board Member for Research and Development, emphasizes. “Not only will we be keeping our fingers crossed for the four factory cars we have in total, but also for our customer teams. The new LMDh vehicle will also be entered as a customer car in both series as early as the 2023 season.”
“Porsche and Penske share a proven track record of success. This partnership had a lasting impact from 2006 to 2008 on what was then the American Le Mans Series,” says Fritz Enzinger, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “Team Penske has made a name for itself with an almost unparalleled success story in motorsport. In the long list of victories to date, however, the name Le Mans has been missing. I hope that we will finally be able to chalk up this success as of 2023 with Porsche Penske Motorsport. This would then mark Porsche’s 20th overall victory at the Sarthe – a dream come true.”
Porsche Penske Motorsport will operate out of Mooresville, North Carolina, in the United States.