We can't wait to see this on track.
An encouraging number of the world's finest automakers have pledged to join the new hypercar class at Le Mans. Even Cadillac is not letting this opportunity go to waste, and Dodge could join the party too, competing against the likes of BMW and Porsche. The former teased its new racecar last month, and now it's the turn of the latter. Unfortunately, the sports car manufacturer has not given us very much information, but the pictures you see here indicate a serious piece of machinery. This prototype will compete full time in both the IMSA and World Endurance Championships, and although it doesn't yet have a name, it certainly has a spectacular rear design that competitors will hopefully be staring at throughout the season.
The men piloting the racer will include Dane Cameron, winner of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi title in both 2016 and 2019. He will be joined by ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr, and both drivers will be intensely involved in the development of the new LMDh prototype. The new car will be jointly developed with Team Penske, so a winning package should be achievable. Speaking of winning, this new car will be the first in three decades to be able to compete for overall victories at Le Mans, Sebring, and Daytona with identical construction.
"We are working all-out with our partner Penske on the development of the new LMDh prototype and collaborate closely with the chassis manufacturer Multimatic at all times," says Porsche Motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach. "In January, we will begin intensive testing to ensure that we are optimally prepared for our 2023 competition debut."
As for the design of the car, little is revealed thanks to that digital camouflage and the fact that Porsche has hidden the frontal angles of the racer. Still, we see a futuristic full-width LED light bar not unlike that seen on the Porsche 911 GT3 sitting atop the diffuser. The rounded rear wheel arches feature extraction vents while those sculpted arches also feed air under the massive wing that boasts a central upright support. A roof scoop and an antenna are also visible, as are centerlock wheels wrapped in Michelin rubber. We'll likely see more of the car once testing procedure begins early next year. But whatever this thing looks like, the racing we'll get to enjoy in 2023 is sure to be a spectacle of epic proportions. We can't wait.