STUTTGART – Former endurance racing champions Porsche are set to make a comeback in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the North American IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2023, the German marque has introduced.
Porsche mentioned they may enter the Hypercar class with an LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) prototype entry, with a watch on competing on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1000 Miles of Sebring and the Daytona 24 Hours.
“The new LMDh category allows us to fight for overall victories with a hybrid system at the Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring classics – without breaking the bank,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume mentioned.
“The project is extremely attractive for Porsche. Endurance racing is part of our brand’s DNA.”
Porsche, essentially the most profitable producer to win at Le Mans, gained the WEC crown three years in a row earlier than leaving the championship on the finish of the 2017 season.
Porsche Motorsport vice chairman Fritz Enzinger mentioned they hope to decide up the place they left off once they return to endurance racing.
“We hold a record with our 19 outright wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and we’ve climbed to the top podium step many times at major races in the USA,” Enzinger mentioned.
“We can continue this tradition with an LMDh vehicle while at the same time keeping costs reasonable.”
The information comes after Audi introduced earlier this month that it was withdrawing from the all-electric Formula E sequence as a works staff in 2021 to give attention to the Dakar Rally and endurance racing, together with an eventual return to Le Mans.