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Porsche 963 LMDh unveiled in full livery, drivers confirmed, Bahrain debut targeted

The 963 is named, and painted, in tribute to endurance prototypes of the past

Porsche Penske Motorsport have revealed their finalised LMDh car, the 963, which will compete in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in 2023.

At the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed the German marque revealed the car's name, which pays tribute to a long history of Porsche-badged sportscars fighting for overall victories at the world's biggest endurance races.

The first LMDh to be unveiled in final form, the 963 has completed nearly 8,000km in testing during 2022 marking it out as the most developed car for the new regulations.

Underneath the bodywork, Multimatic's LMP2 chassis forms the base of the 963, and will be powered by a 4.6L twin-turbocharged V8 engine that has it's routes in the widely adored 918 Spyder hybrid sportscar. The power unit is completed by the Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac collaboratively built spec hybrid unit that will feature in all LMDh cars.

Previously announced drivers, Felipe Nasr and Dane Cameron, will be joined by extensive talent from within Porsche's established factory pool. The 2018 GTE PRO Le Mans winning trio Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen, and Laurens Vanthoor make the move from the GT ranks to the top division. Dempsey-Proton GTE AM stalwart Matt Campbell will get his first taste of prototype machinery in top-class endurance racing, rising GT3 ace Mathieu Jaminet, and former LMP1 racer and three-time Le Mans overall winner André Lotterer complete the lineup.

Although not confirmed as part of the race team, Fred Makowiecki, who completed the majority of testing mileage, is expected to form part of endurance lineups in both WEC and IMSA.

The official race debut of the Porsche 963 is planned to take place in January 2023 at the 24 Hours of Daytona in the USA where it will race in IMSA's GTP class, however Porsche intend to debut the car in a non-competitive dress rehearsal at the final round of the WEC season in Bahrain this November.

“We’re on a very good path but there is still work to be done before the start of next season,” outlines Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Motorsport. “Our new Porsche 963 should continue the legacy of legendary models such as the 917, 935, 956, 962 and the 919. I’m positive that we’ll be well-positioned when it comes to technology and we’ve also created the relevant team structures to set us up for wins in the thrilling competition between many manufacturers and different concepts.”

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